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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The European Parliament Votes on Copyright Reform: Giving and Taking Away

In a vote on copyright today, Members of the European Parliament offered welcome support to libraries’ heritage work. However, disappointing decisions elsewhere mean that IFLA, its members and its partners will need to continue working towards a law that empowers libraries to help users share, create and innovate.

13 September 2018

Better Laws, Better Practices: IFLA Active for Libraries on Copyright

Following the launch of a guide to implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty and a statement on copyright literacy at the World Library and Information Congress, IFLA has continued to make the case for copyright that works for libraries. In the last two weeks, the focus has been on the operation of collective rights management and the EU’s copyright reforms.

10 September 2018

Make the Right Choice, Send the Right Message: IFLA Urges MEPs to Support Libraries in Copyright Reform

Next Wednesday, all of the European Parliament’s 751 Members will have the opportunity to amend the draft Directive on copyright. In doing so, they will send a message to Europe’s citizens, teachers, creators and researchers. IFLA is urging them to make it a positive one.

7 September 2018

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