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One Step Closer to Access: IFLA Welcomes Progress towards EU Ratification of Marrakesh

Last week, the Council of Ministers of the European Union, representing its Member States, voted to approve the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty. This opens the way to the EU and its 28 Member States formally joining the Treaty in the summer, opening up many new possibilities for access to, and exchange of, books in accessible formats for people with print disabilities.

20 February 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Services to the visually impaired, Europe, Marrakesh Treaty

Librarians ask for a better copyright for education

IFLA has signed the joint letter "Educators ask for a better copyright", initiated by Communia Association for the Public Domain, which underlines our existing concerns with regards to the education exception of the European copyright reform.

16 January 2018 | Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Libraries Promote Culture, Social Cohesion, Digital Empowerment: Open Letter to the Bulgarian EU Presidency

Libraries and the Bulgarian EU Presidency share the same goals – a stronger, more cohesive Europe, built on creativity, innovation and inclusion. Every day, libraries across the continent are working to give their users access to the information they need to learn and develop, the skills they need to get the best out of the Internet, and a connection to a rich cultural heritage. IFLA's open letter sets out how we can take this potential further still.

10 January 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Cultural heritage, Digitisation, Europe

Bringing Internet Access to All Libraries: Progress and Plans

When the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set out principles for how the Internet should be run in 2003, the governments present fixed the target of connecting public libraries. When these targets were updated in 2010, governments underlined – all libraries should be connected to the Internet, in order to support a Web that works for all. IFLA's contribution to WSIS annual reporting reflects on progress made in 2017, and to be made in 2018.

8 January 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, IFLA and the Information Society, Internet access

Reforma colombiana del derecho de autor: la IFLA envía una carta abierta a la Ministra de Comercio, Industria y Turismo

La IFLA da la bienvenida a toda reforma legislativa que persiga adaptar el marco legal de derechos de autor al ámbito digital. Colombia está ahora en proceso de reformar su propia ley de propiedad intelectual (Ley 23 de 1982). En vista de esta reforma, la Presidenta de la IFLA, Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, ha enviado una carta abierta a la Ministra colombiana de Comercio, Industria y Turismo.

19 December 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Copyright reform in Colombia: IFLA sends an open letter to the Colombian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

IFLA welcomes all steps towards making legislative changes that adapt current copyright frameworks to the digital age. Colombia is now in the process of reforming its copyright law (Ley 23 de 1982). In light of this, IFLA’s president Glòria Pérez-Salmerón has sent an open letter to the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

19 December 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Getting Copyright Right in Viet Nam: IFLA Speaks at WIPO Event

Like all aspects of government policy, copyright laws should serve to promote the long-term public interest. As the way in which people create and access information changes, copyright rules for libraries need to evolve to reflect this. IFLA, represented by Sue Warren (Gold Coast, Australia), underlined this message at a conference in Viet Nam, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

14 December 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Vietnam, Copyright, Preservation

With Strong Libraries, Everyone Can Learn: Cameroonian Librarians Engage at WIPO Conference

Around the world, libraries are at the heart of education institutions, giving access to the materials students and teachers need. Librarians from Cameroon attended a WIPO conference on 21-22 November in order to underline the need to support their institutions as part of a comprehensive development strategy.

12 December 2017 | Access to knowledge, Cameroon, Education, WIPO, Copyright

The Last Mile: IFLA Launches Work to Help All Libraries Deliver on the Marrakesh Treaty

When they signed the Marrakesh Treaty in 2013, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation committed to removing legal barriers to access to books for people with print disabilities. They opened the way to dealing with a key cause of the book famine – the fact that barely 7% of published books were available in suitable formats. IFLA is working on a guide to ensure that libraries can make full use of the potential that the Treaty offers.

3 December 2017 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Marrakesh Treaty

The European copyright reform's potential harm to fundmental rights and freedoms: IFLA co-signs an open letter

Over 80 organisations, among which IFLA, have co-signed an open letter to Ministers attending the European Union’s Competitiveness Council on 30 November - 1 December 2017. The letter underlines, in only one sentence, the potentially irreparable damage that the European copyright reform could cause to Europe's fundamental rights and freedoms, economy and competitiveness, education and research, innovation and competition, creativity and culture, if the wrong decisions are taken.

30 November 2017 | Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

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