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Sunshine and Clouds: The European Parliament Takes Position on the Copyright Directive

Yesterday, the Legal affairs committee at the European Parliament (EP) voted on the copyright Directive. There is welcome confirmation of the value of exceptions to copyright as a guarantee of access to knowledge and use of information across borders. But a sting in the tail remains, with broad scope for obliging educators to pay for licences for all uses of works, and a backwards step on technological protection measures.

21 June 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

On Track or Off the Rails? IFLA publishes an update current status of transposition of the Marrakesh Directive in Europe

On the occasion of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 12-14 June, IFLA wishes to underline the positive progress that is taking place within the European Union towards transposition of Marrakesh Directive. The update shows where things stand (on 14 June) in the internal process of transposition of European law, looking at key aspects

14 June 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Action for Libraries at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (SCCR/36)

IFLA was in Geneva from 28 May to 1 June to advocate for better exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries. The occasion was the 36th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The very good outcome for libraries would not have been possible without work of many IFLA members who urged their representatives to give a positive turn to the discussions at SCCR. We are happy to say that we achieved the goals we had for the week!

7 June 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Towards Action: IFLA Returns to Geneva for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

The 36th session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will focus on defining action plans on copyright provisions for libraries. With these, we hope to see the organisation move in the direction of concrete steps that will make a real difference for our institutions. As the organisation that gave the world the Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO is well placed to drive change that delivers sustainable development.

28 May 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to knowledge, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Switzerland, World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO

Delivering Information for All: #1Lib1Ref Returns for a Second Time in 2018

#1Lib1Ref – one librarian, one reference – is the Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative to engage the collective knowledge of libraries to improve the quality and reliability of Wikipedia articles. At a time of worry about fake news, the need for broad access to reliable, fact-checked information – rather than censorship – has never been higher. IFLA encourages librarians around the world to take part.

25 May 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Wikipedia, local content

For World Intellectual Property Day 2018, get into WIPO!

IFLA celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2018 with the release of the Get into WIPO guide.

24 April 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Guardians, Partners, Promotors: Libraries at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2018

Libraries were front and centre at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2018, sharing both their commitment to openness and their skills in making this a reality. IFLA was there, engaging in discussions and promoting work on open access at the UN and other intergovernmental organisations.

23 April 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, Canada

IFLA sends comments to the Senate of the Republic of Colombia on the copyright reform

Colombia is now in the process of reforming its copyright law (Ley 23 de 1982). In view of this reform and of the debate at the Comisión Primera of the Honourable Senate of the Republic of Colombia, IFLA submitted written comments and suggestions for specific changes to the bill.

17 April 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Colombia

La IFLA envía comentarios al Senado de la República de Colombia para la reforma de derechos de autor

Colombia está en proceso de reformar su Ley de Propiedad Intelectual (Ley 23 de 1982). En vista de esta reforma y de un debate en la Comisión Primera del Honorable Senado de la República de Colombia, la IFLA ha enviado comentarios y sugerencias de cambios específicos.

17 April 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Colombia

Aiming High: IFLA Initial Submission to WIPO Consultation on Collective Management

IFLA has submitted initial comments on a draft document on best practices for collective management organisations produced by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). This initiative marks a welcome recognition that the legitimacy of the copyright system depends on the professionalism and good practice of all actors involved in it.

4 April 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

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