IFLA – Copyright 4 Creativity Brussels event

Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives at EU and WIPO Level


20 March 2014


Brussels, Belgium, European Parliament

IFLA will be represented by Stuart Hamilton, IFLA Director of Policy and Advocacy (Deputy Secretary General) and Ellen Broad, IFLA Manager of Digital Projects


On 20 March, IFLA and Copyright 4 Creativity (C4C) will be holding a breakfast debate (08.00-09.30) to discuss whether the existing international and EU copyright framework strike the right balance between access to information, research and innovation, and the need to protect creators. This event is kindly co-hosted by MEPs Amelia Andersdotter (Swedish, Greens/EFA) and Marietje Schaake (Dutch, ALDE). The event takes place in the private salon of the European Parliament in Brussels.

This debate is very timely, as European Commissioner Michel Barnier announced early February [2014] that he will issue a Whitepaper on the EU copyright reform by June 2014. Simultaneously, copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives are high on the agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR). The debate at WIPO focusses on the need for mandatory international standards to safeguard access to information through libraries and archives in the public interest.

SOURCE: Copyright for Creativity

Event, CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Advocacy, Copyright, Belgium

Last update: 19 March 2014