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Users’ Rights Cannot be Collateral Damage: IFLA Submits Comments on European Commission Guidance on Upload Filter Provisions of Copyright Directive

16 September 2020

    IFLA has submitted a response to a consultation by the European Commission on guidance to Member States on how to implement the controversial new provisions on internet platforms introduced by the 2019 Copyright Directive. In the face of efforts by rightholder organisations to wish away the protections offered for user rights – including the enjoyment of exceptions and limitations to copyright – IFLA has joined other groups working to safeguard these guarantees as part of a balanced overall regime.

    Anniversary of the EU-DSM directive!

    8 June 2020

      The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market entered into force on 7 June 2019, with Member States having two years to transpose it (i.e. to implement it into national law). This directive aims to ensure better functioning of copyright rules across borders, allowing for a more integrated single market due to greater legal homogeneity across the bloc. Now, in June 2020, we are therefore at the mid-point of the implementation process. Countries still have one year to meet their commitments.

      IFLA Signs on to ICOLC Statement on Resource Access during COVID-19, Shares Principles for Associations in Negotiations

      27 May 2020

        IFLA has signed onto the Statement by the International Coalition of Library Consortia on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on library services and resources. To further support members, IFLA's Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters has produced principles for use in negotiation with rightholders.

        WIPO's General Assembly: Fifty-second session

        7 May 2020

          The World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, is an entity that oversees policies and decisions concerning intellectual property and in particular copyright and related rights within the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. The fifty-second General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization will take place on 7th and 8th May 2020.

          Leading library, archives, and museum organisations call on WIPO to help safeguard cultural heritage

          27 April 2020

            With this year's World Intellectual Property Day focusing on innovation for a green future, IFLA and its partners have come together to call on governments and the World Intellectual Property Organization not to forget the past. An open letter calling for action to ensure that intellectual property laws do not stand in the way of preservation of heritage faced with climate change already has 155 organisational and institutional co-signatories, and 55 individuals. The letter is still open for signatories.

            Heritage cannot wait in the face of climate change: IFLA welcomes signatures to open letter on World IP Day

            26 April 2020

              IFLA and its partners are welcoming signatures of an open letter on the need for the right copyright laws to allow heritage institutions to preserve their collections in the face of climate change. Launched on World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2020, the letter raises awareness of the need for laws that support, rather than hinder, efforts to safeguard heritage.

              Clone of Catching Up - Latest Developments on eLending Advocacy in the United States

              22 April 2020

                A lot has happened in the last six months around library eLending! Following a first interview last October about ongoing efforts to improve eLending conditions for libraries in the United States, we're happy to publish a follow-up interview with Sari Feldman, Senior Fellow at the American Library Assoication's Office for Information Technology Policy.

                Catching Up - Latest Developments on eLending Advocacy in the United States

                22 April 2020

                  A lot has happened in the last six months around library eLending! Following a first interview last October about ongoing efforts to improve eLending conditions for libraries in the United States, we're happy to publish a follow-up interview with Sari Feldman, Senior Fellow at the American Library Assoication's Office for Information Technology Policy.

                  IFLA Leads Open Letter on Intellectual Property and COVID-19

                  3 April 2020

                    Faced with the urgent need to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic and its consequences, it is vital to ensure that intellectual property laws and practices do not become a blockage. IFLA, working with its partners, has led in drafting an open letter - already signed by over 140 organisations and individuals - to the Director General of WIPO to underline this point and call for action.