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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Supporting Quality Information: IFLA, Publishers' Organisations Issue Joint Press Release

Production of, and access to ideas, information and knowledge are essential to scientific progress and broader well-being. With publishers and libraries both involved in delivering this, it is important to ensure dialogue and coordinated action on shared concerns. A shared press release highlights common priorities and actions.

15 March 2018

European copyright reform: where do we stand?

The European Union is in the process of reforming its copyright law. The reforms set out the ambitious goal of bringing the regime up to date with the digital age, with rules affecting libraries and cultural heritage institutions a key part of the dossier. Following the European Commission’s proposal of September 2016 discussions are taking place in the European institutions and are likely to continue at least until the summer of 2018. Continue reading to know more!

8 March 2018

Culture, Cohesion and Connectivity: IFLA Calls on EU to Support Libraries’ Work

IFLA has joined with members from across Europe in signing the Sofia Declaration. This calls on European Union institutions and governments to recognise the importance of documentary heritage, pass forward-looking copyright reforms, and give libraries the support they need to fulfil their potential to support culture, cohesion and connectivity.

27 February 2018

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