24 April 2018
For World Intellectual Property Day 2018, get into WIPO!
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is the United Nations Agency in charge of copyright and other intellectual property issues. Its aim is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.
So far, there have been many important outcomes for the library profession at WIPO, among which the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, and Professor Kenneth Crews' studies on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (2008, 2015, 2017).
WIPO is an important platform where libraries can argue for the need for more and better exceptions and limitations to copyrigth law around the world and across borders. But to continue doing this, we need your help. Your contribution at a national level is key to our goals. IFLA has therefore produced a guide: Get into WIPO. It'll help you better understand what WIPO is, and how you can become involved.
Read the full Get into WIPO guide.