2 January is Public Domain Day in 2023, celebrating the works that now belong to the ages (and you!). Public domain works may be copied from, remixed, incorporated into other works and generally utilized for free, without payment to rightsholders.
As part of a global group of organisations committed to promoting access to knowledge at the World Intellectual Property Organization and beyond, IFLA encourages the library field to engage with a new website which shares key resources and data for advocacy and awareness-raising.
IFLA is proud to announce the open access publication of Navigating Copyright for Libraries - Purpose and Scope, edited by Jessica Coates, National Library Australia; Victoria Owen, University of Toronto, Canada; and Susan Reilly, Irish Research Electronic Library, Ireland.
IFLA is proud to share its 2022 statement on open access (OA), "10 years of the IFLA open access statement: a call to action". The statement affirms the value of open access and related initiatives, outlining IFLA's ongoing work in the area. It also offers a commitment to "lead by example, and complete the transition of IFLA’s publications to OA".
The Knowledge 21 Programme, of which IFLA is a a partner organisation, has launched a call for bids for funding to carry out work to promote copyright reform in Europe. Deadline: 30 September.
IFLA was proud to attend the 63rd General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for 18 July discussions of May's meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR/42).
The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme, of which IFLA is a partner, has launched a call for individuals or organisations who can support advocacy at the national level around copyright law and policy reform in Europe.
The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme (KR21), of which IFLA is a partner, has launched a call for proposals to undertake work on copyright and advocacy training.
IFLA was proud to attend WIPO SCCR/42, May 9 – 13, an eventful week that saw discussions of the impact of COVID-19 on libraries and a commitment to further study cross-border challenges and develop toolkits on copyright limitations and exceptions before SCCR/43 in 2023.
In advance of WIPO SCCR/42, IFLA is proud to release its research report “How well did copyright laws serve libraries during COVID-19?”
In the week of World Intellectual Property Day 2022, IFLA has released the Executive Summary of its research report "How well did copyright laws serve libraries during COVID-19?".
In May 2022, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Standing Committee on Copyright Relations will meet for the 42nd time – and for the first time in person in the two years since the pandemic began.
We’re excited to announce calls for proposals for the Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) programme. These requests for proposals (RFPs) will result in building a knowledge base on several areas relevant to copyright legislation.
The latest update to IFLA's Marrakesh Monitoring Report sets out how countries around the world are protecting (or not) the rights of people with disabilities to access to information.
IFLA participated in the Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), held on 4-8 October 2021. With COVID rules preventing in-person attendance by non-governmental organisations, IFLA engaged remotely, alongside partners from across the culture, education and research sectors.
Stichting IFLA Foundation is delighted to receive a €3m Arcadia grant to launch the new Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) programme to promote access to knowledge for study, research and cultural life in Europe.
IFLA has submitted comments on the South Africa Copyright Amendment Bill. In these, we have highlighted the importance of a balanced copyright framework which includes flexibilities in regard to exceptions and limitations to copyright to allow libraries, archives, museums, education and research institutions to fulfil their missions in the digital age.
Need for reform recognised, but action waits again: 41st session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights5 July 2021
From 28 June to 1 July, IFLA participated in the 41st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR41) at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
The 41st session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR41) will take place from 28th July to 1st June. This meeting has an agenda that encompasses rights for broadcasters, exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives, museums, educational and research institutions, and a range of other items.