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Licensing as a solution to rights management? IFLA publishes extended collective licensing background paper

Extended collective licensing (ECL) is promoted by some as a solution for libraries looking to obtain rights for use large quantities of books or other materials. But does it deliver? A new IFLA background report explores the characteristics of effective schemes, and suggests some lessons for others considering its introduction.

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

Change the World in 80 Days: Momentum Builds on Marrakesh

Progress towards ratification and implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty is accelerating around the world. With European Union legislation entering into force in 80 days, and welcome news from the United States, Japan, South Africa and elsewhere, the barriers to access to knowledge for people with print disabilities are falling.

24 July 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Marrakesh Treaty, Libraries serving persons with print disabilities, Print disabilities

New Opportunities: European Parliament Opens Way to Plenary Debate about EU Copyright Directive

The European Parliament today voted to reject the version of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market proposed by its Legal Affairs Committee. This decision will lead to a debate in September in plenary, with all 751 Members of the European Parliament able to propose amendments.

5 July 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to knowledge, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Europe, Preservation

A Bright Future for Libraries in Australia’s Copyright Modernisation Review

Australia is looking at reviewing its Copyright Act of 1968 with the aim of bringing its copyright framework up to date with the digital world. IFLA submitted comments and welcomed the acknowledgement that an effective, efficient, accountable and especially adaptable system is needed.

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

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

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