Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) Advisory Committee

CLM was created to advise IFLA and represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and other legal concerns. CLM is also active in issues relating to:

  • Economic and legal barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services
  • Subscription and license agreements
  • Legal issues relevant to broader access to knowledge, in particular online
  • A wide range of other legal matters of international significance to libraries and librarianship

CLM keeps a watching brief on the activities of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and represents IFLA at key meetings through its subcommittee on WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). In addition, CLM works closely with other regional library organizations with shared interests, such as eIFLEBLIDA, and LCA to ensure that the concerns of libraries are voiced.

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CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Strategic Programmes

Last update: 1 August 2016

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Copyright and Other Legal Matters at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC)

The Copyright and Other Legal Matters (CLM) Strategic Programme represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and other legal concerns. CLM strongly advocates at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, for a minimum international standard of exceptions and limitations to copyright, alongside partner organisations. CLM is also active in issues relating to economic and legal barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services, subscription and license agreements, legal issues relevant to broader access to knowledge, in particular online and a wide range of other legal matters of international significance to libraries and librarianship. At this years’ World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Wroclaw, Poland, CLM Committee members have organised several sessions.

16 August 2017

Is Malawi’s accession to the Marrakesh Treaty effectively addressing the book famine?

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, adopted on June 27, 2013, has been implemented in 30 countries to date, among which Malawi. The country’s accession instrument has been recently deposited at WIPO, and the Treaty will be in force in the country in October 14, 2017.

4 August 2017

South Africa Can Lead the Way: IFLA Delivers Submission on Copyright Reform

South Africa is reforming its copyright framework, and the Copyright Amendment Bill takes an ambitious approach that could set a great example not only for neighbouring countries but also internationally. It contains some very positive provisions for libraries and cultural heritage institutions, such as the recognition of library e-lending, the supply of digital documents, the possibility to make collections available through secure computer networks, the limitation of liability and on the making available of out of commerce works.

17 July 2017