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

Latest News

Licensing as a solution to rights management? IFLA publishes extended collective licensing background paper

Extended collective licensing (ECL) is promoted by some as a solution for libraries looking to obtain rights for use large quantities of books or other materials. But does it deliver? A new IFLA background report explores the characteristics of effective schemes, and suggests some lessons for others considering its introduction.

7 August 2018

Change the World in 80 Days: Momentum Builds on Marrakesh

Progress towards ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is accelerating around the world. With European Union legislation entering into force in 80 days, and welcome news from the United States, Japan, South Africa and elsewhere, the barriers to access to knowledge for people with print disabilities are falling.

24 July 2018

New Opportunities: European Parliament Opens Way to Plenary Debate about EU Copyright Directive

The European Parliament today voted to reject the version of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market proposed by its Legal Affairs Committee. This decision will lead to a debate in September in plenary, with all 751 Members of the European Parliament able to propose amendments.

5 July 2018

Upcoming Events

CLM Business meeting 1 (WLIC)

24 August 2018 (World Library Information Congress (WLIC) in Kuala Lumpur. Meeting Room 404)

Session 140, To Have and not to Hold: The End of Ownership - CLM and FAIFE Advisory Committees

27 August 2018 (World Library Information Congress (WLIC) in Kuala Lumpur. Ballroom 2)

Session 186, Challenges to copyright in the 21st century - CLM Advisory Committee

28 August 2018 (World Library Information Congress (WLIC) in Kuala Lumpur. Conference Hall 3)

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