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IFLA's looking ahead on Copyright

2021 has begun and IFLA is already on the way to being a busy year. While all libraries are facing information access problems because of COVID19, we are committed to continuing efforts to build better opportunities for users through improved legal frameworks for copyright. Find out what our plans and expectations are for 2021.

20 January 2021 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Cooperation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Digital preservation, Freedom of information, International cooperation

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

5 January 2021 | Access to information, Open government, Government libraries, Library and Research Services for Parliaments

An Electronic Content Crisis: Interview with the Library Association of Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance for libraries to be able to provide services to users through digital channels, and the serious challenges faced in doing so. We interviewed the Library Association of Ireland to find out more about the situation there, and what they are doing about it.

26 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Associations, Copyright, Digital resources, Ireland, COVID-19

IFLA continues raising awareness around library needs at WIPO

On 16-20 November 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organization hosted the 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The objective of this meeting – the first in over a year – was to take stock of work so far, and explore steps forwards on the Committee’s agenda, including its work on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries, archives and museums.

23 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Cultural heritage, Development, Digital preservation, Education, WIPO; SCCR

IFLA Releases Checklist for Legal Deposit Laws

IFLA has released its checklist for legal deposit laws, aiming to help those analysing existing laws or planning new ones. It is intended to ensure that key issues or questions are not forgotten, but rather included in reflections on this key area of legislation for libraries and their users.

18 November 2020 | National Libraries, Access to knowledge, Preservation, legal deposit, web harvesting

Looking ahead to the 40th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

On 16-20 November 2020, the fortieth session of the Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organization will begin. The sessions will take place every day from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm (CET). An important meeting in a pandemic context In the context of a global pandemic, WIPO has needed to be flexible, and so is organizing, in agreement with its members, an online meeting to continue discussions on the agenda developed previously at the last meeting in October 2019.

12 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Cultural heritage, Policy, Preservation, Switzerland

IFLA responds to the International Science Council Survey on Science and Global Sustainability

The International Science Council (ISC) is working together with science funders to bring together insights and ideas from the scientific community to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN's 2030 Agenda.

6 October 2020 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Capacity building, Cooperation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Open access, Policy, Sustainability, Open science

Access to Information for African Development: 10 Principles for the African Continental Free Trade Area

The negotiation of the Intellectual Property Protocol of the African Continental Free Trade Area offers an opportunity to shape laws across the continent to support education, research and development. IFLA and AfLIA have set out ten principles for negotiators to bear in mind to make this happen.

1 October 2020 | Access to knowledge, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Africa, AfCFTA, trade agreements

IFLA responds to the Orphan Works Survey

In 2012, the European Union agreed a Directive on Orphan Works (OWD) (e.g. works for which institutions have not identify or located the rightsholder, preventing them from asking for an agreement to use works), to improve legal certainty across the EU in digitising and disseminating these materials.

29 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Cultural heritage

IFLA Engages at WIPO General Assembly

From 21 to 25 September 2020 the General Assembly of WIPO- the World Intellectual Property Organization – took place in hybrid mode in Geneva and online. IFLA worked alongside partners to represent and promote libraries and their interests on intellectual property issues.

28 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Accessibility, Africa

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