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South Africa Can Lead the Way: IFLA Delivers Submission on Copyright Reform

South Africa is reforming its copyright framework, and the Copyright Amendment Bill takes an ambitious approach that could set a great example not only for neighbouring countries but also internationally. It contains some very positive provisions for libraries and cultural heritage institutions, such as the recognition of library e-lending, the supply of digital documents, the possibility to make collections available through secure computer networks, the limitation of liability and on the making available of out of commerce works.

17 July 2017

Open Letter to Ministers at the European Union's Competitiveness Council

IFLA, alongside 63 other civil society and trade associations has co-signed a letter to Ministers attending the European Union’s Competitiveness Council. This initiative seeks to urge decisionmakers to aim for a more ambitious copyright reform that responds to the needs of libraries and their users in Europe.

29 May 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Europe

Marrakesh Ratification in the European Union Has a Sting in the Tail

Progress towards ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty in the European Union has the potential to deliver significantly wider access to knowledge for people with print disabilities, both in Europe and around the world. But to achieve this, national legislation will need to avoid introducing unnecessary 'compensation' provisions which will only harm the institutions, such as libraries and charities, which are working to help.

15 May 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to knowledge, Europe, Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA advocates globally for a better legal framework for libraries at the 34th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

Through the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) offers a platform for discussion among Member States and NGOs at a global level on intellectual property law and how to make it work better. SCCR is, among others, currently focusing on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums – the derogations from the exclusive rights of authors and publishers which allow libraries to do things such as preservation, reproduction or lending.

9 May 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2017 – Innovation, Improving Lives

Every year on 26 April, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Rights Day. This year in particular, WIPO explores how innovation and progress make lives better, and what more can be done to make sure new technologies reach the people who need them. They are also inviting ideas on the priorities for future innovation through Twitter under the hashtag #WorldIPDay.

26 April 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Unanimous Support for Access for the Print Disabled: European Parliament Committee Votes on Marrakesh Treaty Ratification

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee sent out a strong signal to the European Union’s Member States last week by voting unanimously for laws which will ensure that people with print disabilities, and those that support them, are not faced with needless and harmful barriers to access to knowledge and culture.

26 March 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Europe, Marrakesh Treaty

Support Builds for Libraries in Europe

At the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) last week, library representatives and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) discussed the path towards a copyright reform that will empower Europe's over 100M library users.

23 March 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Europe

IFLA Calls on European Parliament to Get Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Right

There is less than a month to go before a planned vote in the European Parliament on ratifying the Marrakesh Treaty. If this is done correctly, people with print disabilities could enjoy much wider access to knowledge and culture. IFLA continues to maintain the pressure for laws that let libraries maximise the impact of their work here.

7 February 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Europe, Visually impaired, Marrakesh Treaty

Give Access, Don’t Take it Away – Libraries Take Position on EU Marrakesh Ratification

After close engagement in the negotiation of the Marrakesh Treaty, culminating in its signature in 2013, libraries are now working to realise its promise. As part of its efforts to ensure that implementation matches the ambition of the Treaty, IFLA, alongside EBLIDA, has set out is position on the European Union's proposals for ratification.

13 December 2016 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Marrakesh Treaty, Visually impaired

Born Digital, Died Young? The Challenges of Cultural Preservation in a Digital Age

Digital technologies have allowed for a richer, more diverse production of ideas and expressions than ever before. However, they also bring challenges as regards the preservation of cultural heritage, recognised as a target under the Sustainable Development goals. Success will require collaboration, not just between libraries, but also with policy-makers and the private sector. The latest Global Information Society Watch includes an article by IFLA setting out the issues.

8 December 2016

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