The Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest is a key opportunity for academics and activists working at the frontier of intellectual property and the pursuit of public interest goals to meet, share perspectives, and plan action.

IFLA, working with partners, is happy to be involved in sessions that explore how, in particular, copyright laws are affecting libraries’ ability to support education, research and cultural participation for all.

See below for more details:

Unlocking the Potential of Libraries: Introducing Controlled Digital Lending

26 October, 21:15-22:15 UTC (see what time this is for you), organised by IFLA working with the Internet Archive and Library Futures

While the challenges for libraries in giving access to their collections digitally have existed for long enough – not least for people in remote areas or those with mobility difficulties – the pandemic has illustrated the urgency of finding means to let users read, enjoy, and use works remotely.

Controlled Digital Lending has emerged as a potentially powerful way of doing this, powered by Fair Use and the first sale doctrine in the US, but with applications and uptake elsewhere too. It has also proved controversial for some, leading to loud concerns about the harm to markets, and, eventually, litigation in the US.

This session will provide an opportunity to explore in greater depth the key ideas and applications of Controlled Digital Lending as a key frontier in debates about copyright law and ask your own questions of the people at the heart of this work!

Speakers will be Lila Bailey (Internet Archive), Kyle Courtney (Harvard University), Michelle Wu (Georgetown University) and Jennie Rose Halperin.

Watch the session live on Zoom or YouTube.


Enabling Access Globally: Controlled Digital Lending Internationally

27 October, 13:00-12:00 UTC (see what time this is for you), organised by the Knowledge Rights 21 Programme

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) has emerged as a powerful technique for ensuring the possibility to access library collections, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic with libraries obliged to close their doors to visitors.

While the concept of CDL emerged in the United States, it has the potential to offer important benefits around the world, enabling the wider spread of knowledge.

This session will provide an opportunity to explore the scope for CDL to be rolled out and applied beyond the United States, including in countries with a civil law background. Come, listen in, and work with us to reflect on how the benefits of CDL could be spread around the world.

Speakers will be Jennie Rose Halperin (Library Futures), Luis Villaroel (Innovarte), Christina de Castell (Canadian Federation of Library Associations) and Benjamin White (University of Bournemouth).

Watch the session live on Zoom or YouTube.


Copyright and Licensing: Challenges for Libraries

28 October, 13:00 UTC (see what time this is for you), organised by EIFL and IFLA

EIFL and IFLA are co-organizing a session on key challenges for libraries concerning copyright and licensing on the main stage of the Congress, focusing on issues that have emerged or that have gained a new urgency as a result of the COVID pandemic.

Short presentations by experts will discuss developments in digitization and remote access, the e-book conundrum, controlled digital lending (a model whereby a library digitizes a physical item and lends it on an ‘owned to loaned’ ratio), and public lending right (the concept of ‘pay to lend’).

The panel features Ariadna Matas, Policy Advisor, Europeana Foundation; Ben White, Chair of the Copyright and Legal Working Group, European Research Library Association (LIBER); Denise Nicholson, Copyright Consultant, Scholarly Horizons, and Jennie Rose Halperin, Executive Director, Library Futures. Teresa Hackett, Manager of the EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme, will moderate the session that will finish with Q&A.

Watch the session live on Zoom or YouTube.