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EU Copyright Directive Adopted: The Fight for Libraries and Freedom of Speech Passes to the National Level

Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive by a significantly reduced margin compared to previous votes. It will now be for libraries at the national level to make the most of new possibilities, while continuing the fight for freedom of expression.

26 March 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Copyright, Freedom of expression

Access under Threat: IFLA Underlines the Risks Posed by Article 13

Next week’s vote on the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an opportunity to advance the situation of libraries. But unless an Article which would effectively force the filtering of speech on the internet is removed, it could also do a lot of harm.

24 March 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Copyright, Freedom of expression

IFLA Brief on Open Educational Resources

To celebrate Open Education Week 2019, IFLA releases a brief on open educational resources. This underlines the role librarians can play in creating, curating and ensuring access to these materials, and key issues surrounding them.

4 March 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Education, E-Learning, Open Access

WIPO goes to the regions: #Copyright4Libraries in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean

2019 will be a key year to show what libraries around the world need from copyright laws. A series of regional seminars organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation will bring together senior officials, and IFLA will be there.

28 February 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Mixed Messages – Provisional Deal on Draft EU Copyright Directive Retains Key Flaws

After thirty months of discussion, there was provisional agreement yesterday on the EU’s draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. While there have been marked steps forwards for libraries, the text retains provisions that pose serious threats to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

14 February 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Europe

Ensuring Equality: IFLA Submits Comments to New Zealand Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Consultation

Following a call for comments by the government of New Zealand Te Aotearoa on draft legislation designed to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, IFLA has made a submission. This highlights the need to reject provisions that go beyond what the Treaty requires, and to respect the fundamental principle of non-discrimination.

8 February 2019 | Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities, Access to information, Services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired, New Zealand, Marrakesh Treaty

A Happy Ending – Interview with Mikkel Christoffersen on eLending in Denmark

The story of eLending in Denmark is a particular one. However, following some years of tension, Danish libraries are now lending more eBooks than ever, with all major publishers readily supporting this work. We interview Mikkel Christoffersen to find out what has happened.

8 February 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eBooks, eLending, Denmark

IFLA joins the call for deletion of articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright reform

This week, 89 organisations, defenders of freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, co-signed a letter asking for the deletion of controversial articles in the proposed European Copyright Directive. IFLA, who had already openly underlined the threat posed by these provisions to access to information, is among the signatories. There is right now momentum for their deletion.

31 January 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Bringing the Marrakesh Treaty closer to practice: IFLA releases new monitoring report

IFLA has today published an update to its Marrakesh Monitoring Report. This sets out which countries have ratified or acceded to the Treaty, and which have taken the necessary steps at the national level to make it a reality. It underlines the need for continued attention at the national level to make a reality of the promise of Marrakesh.

24 January 2019 | Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Intellectual property, Inter-Library Loans, International cooperation, Services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired

Controlled Digital Lending: an Interview with Jonathan Band

The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more.

22 January 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, eBooks, eLending, eLending for Libraries

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