The Copyright and Other Legal Matters (CLM) Strategic Programme represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and other legal concerns.

CLM strongly advocates at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, for a minimum international standard of exceptions and limitations to copyright, alongside partner organisations. More information on the outcomes of the last Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at WIPO can be found here.

CLM is also active in issues relating to economic and legal barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services, subscription and license agreements, legal issues relevant to broader access to knowledge, in particular online and a wide range of other legal matters of international significance to libraries and librarianship.

At this years’ World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Wroclaw, Poland, CLM Committee members have organised the below sessions:


Breaking News – Burning Issues and Emerging Challenges in Copyright – Copyright and other Legal Matters (SI) (Session 119), Monday, 21 August, 16:00 – 18:00, Main Court (SI)

This session will offer a crash course in the key arguments and issues for copyright in libraries today. As discussions rage, both inside and outside of legislatures, about the best way of keeping laws up to date with digital technologies, the first half of this session will ask if fair dealing or fair use – more flexible exceptions based on principles rather than strictly applied rules – are the best answer. The second half will focus on issues which are likely to take up more and more attention in the coming year, thanks to political, legal and technological change.

Chair: Winston Tabb (Johns Hopkins University, United States)

16:00 – 17:00 – Debate: Fair Use / Fair Dealing Is the Most Helpful Copyright Exception for Libraries

  • Victoria Owen (Library, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada)
  • James G. Neal (Columbia University, United States)
  • Denise Nicholson (Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Office University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
  • Jessica Coates (Australian Libraries Copyright Committee and Australian Library and Information Association, Australia)

17:00 – 18:00 – Emerging Issues

  • Ancillary Copyright, Armin Talke (Berlin State Library, Germany)
  • The Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling on E-Lending, and its Impact in Europe and Beyond, Vincent Bonnet (European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Association (EBLIDA), Netherlands)
  • 3D Printing and Libraries, Agnieszka Koszowska


Models for Copyright Education in Information Literacy Programs – Copyright and Other Legal Matters with Information Literacy (Session 184/Off-site 8)Wednesday, 22 August, 8:30 – 15:30, Off-site 8, University of Lower Silesia, Strzegomska 55, 53-611, WrocÅ‚aw, Poland

The purpose of this day-long event is to discuss models for education on copyright, licensing, and other legal matters within the scope of information literacy programs. The session will focus on effective teaching methods of the full range of copyright and licensing issues for libraries, research and publication, and education: exclusive rights, copyright duration, limitations and exceptions, digital copyright, licensing in the digital environment, applications of the law nationally, the international copyright system, and the legal framework for open access licensing. The offsite session will be devoted to methodologies for providing a comprehensive knowledge of the legal landscape for copyright, licensing, and related legal and policy matters in libraries and universities. Registration The offsite session is available to 2017 WLIC conference participants at no extra charge, but requires registration. A WLIC badge will be required to enter the program venue. Registration  for this offsite session is open from 1 May – 15 July 2017 or until session is full. Capacity is limited to 100 participants. For Registration & for more information go to:


Being Open About Open – Academic & Research Libraries, FAIFE and Copyright and Other Legal Matters (Session 232), Thursday, 24 August, 10:45 – 12:45, IASE Conference Room

‘Open Access’ publications represent a growing share of total scholarly output, and the principle that research outputs should be free to read is increasingly accepted by institutions and governments alike. Yet this is still a rapidly developing field, with questions as to effectiveness, financial sustainability, and how to ensure that it realises its potential to ensure that the right research can get to the people who need it. This session will consider a variety of perspectives, and feed discussion about what more can be done.

  1. Re-envisioning a Future of Scholarly Communication, Chris Hartgerink (Tilburg University, Netherlands)
  2. Towards Open Science: China’s Scientific Research and Libraries, Xiang Yang Huang (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Yan Zhao (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, China), Dong Rong Zhang (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, China), Jing Yu Liu (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science, China), Cen Zhang (National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Science)
  3. What it Takes to Make ‘Open’ the Default, Vanessa Proudman Monen (SPARC Europe, Netherlands)
  4. The Mining “Revolution”; Are Libraries Supporting Researchers or Publishers?, Peter Murray-Rust (ContentMine, United Kingdom)
  5. Altruism as the Founding Pillar for Open Monograph Publishing in the Global South, Reggie Raju (University of Cape Town, South Africa)


During WLIC, the Committee will also gather in two business meetings:

Business Meeting I, CLM, Saturday, 19 August, 12:30 – 14:30, Conference Room D (Session 037)

Business Meeting II, CLM, Thursday, 24 August, 13:30 – 16:00, Conference Room A (Session 236)