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IFLA Signs on to ICOLC Statement on Resource Access during COVID-19, Shares Principles for Associations in Negotiations

IFLA has signed onto the Statement by the International Coalition of Library Consortia on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on library services and resources. To further support members, IFLA's Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters has produced principles for use in negotiation with rightholders.

27 May 2020

WIPO's General Assembly: Fifty-second session

The World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, is an entity that oversees policies and decisions concerning intellectual property and in particular copyright and related rights within the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. The fifty-second General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization will take place on 7th and 8th May 2020.

7 May 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Switzerland, WIPO

Leading library, archives, and museum organisations call on WIPO to help safeguard cultural heritage

With this year's World Intellectual Property Day focusing on innovation for a green future, IFLA and its partners have come together to call on governments and the World Intellectual Property Organization not to forget the past. An open letter calling for action to ensure that intellectual property laws do not stand in the way of preservation of heritage faced with climate change already has 155 organisational and institutional co-signatories, and 55 individuals. The letter is still open for signatories.

27 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Preservation, Climate change, climate heritage

Heritage cannot wait in the face of climate change: IFLA welcomes signatures to open letter on World IP Day

IFLA and its partners are welcoming signatures of an open letter on the need for the right copyright laws to allow heritage institutions to preserve their collections in the face of climate change. Launched on World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2020, the letter raises awareness of the need for laws that support, rather than hinder, efforts to safeguard heritage.

26 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Conservation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Preservation, WIPO

Catching Up - Latest Developments on eLending Advocacy in the United States

A lot has happened in the last six months around library eLending! Following a first interview last October about ongoing efforts to improve eLending conditions for libraries in the United States, we're happy to publish a follow-up interview with Sari Feldman, Senior Fellow at the American Library Assoication's Office for Information Technology Policy.

22 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eLending, eLending for Libraries, United States of America

IFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19

Faced with the urgent need to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequences, it is vital to ensure that intellectual property laws and practices do not become a blockage. IFLA, working with its partners, has led in drafting an open letter - already signed by over 140 organisations and individuals - to the Director General of WIPO to underline this point and call for action.

3 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, WIPO

Hard Choices: Libraries Face Major Challenges in Meeting Reader eLending Demand

New research from Australia has explored how the way eBooks are offered to libraries affect their decisions over what to offer borrowers.

1 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, eBooks, Australia, eLending for Libraries

WIPO Nominates Daren Tang as New Director General

The UN agency that manages the global intellectual property system – including copyright – has nominated a new Director General. As the current Chair of the organisation’s copyright committee – and as a modernising reformer nationally – he will bring a strong awareness of the needs of libraries to the role.

10 March 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO

WIPO Member States Meet to Choose a New Director General

This week, the Coordinating Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization meets to take a provisional decision on a new Director General. Getting the right candidate could provide helpful support for libraries and wider efforts to promote access to information in support of development.

4 March 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, WIPO

IFLA Submits Comments on WIPO Artificial Intelligence Issues Paper

IFLA has shared its comments on a draft issues paper prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organisation about artificial intelligence. These look to ensure that the case for copyright exceptions, the need for preservation, and the broader impact of new rights are all taken into account.

17 February 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Artificial intelligence

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