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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

Libraries Engaged in Advocacy for Access to Health in Chile

An important part of the right to health is the right to health information and knowledge. COVID-19 has only underlined this connection. We interviewed María Angélica Fuentes Martínez and Mónica Núñez of the Association of Chilean Librarians to find out more about their involvement in a project to strengthen advocacy around this.

24 November 2020 | Access to information, Chile, COVID-19, health

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

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

Still Time to Act: IFLA Calls for Rapid Finalisation of Copyright Reforms in South Africa

IFLA has called for South Africa’s Parliament to return the country’s Copyright Amendment Bill to the President for signature, and to reject the questionable allegations of unconstitutionality made against it.

18 August 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

IFLA Takes Part in 2nd WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence

IFLA took part in the second session of the conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 7-9 July 2020.

21 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Intellectual property, Text mining, Artificial intelligence

Restore Balance, Protect Freedoms: Copyright Reforms in Mexico Need Rethinking

There has been disappointing news from Mexico, where recent copyright legislation risks making access to information significantly harder, while also undermining the role of the judiciary and lawmakers. Local libraries and other actors are calling for a constitutional review.

20 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Mexico

A Damaging Delay: Libraries and Users in South Africa Forced to Wait Longer for Overdue Reforms

Following years of advocacy in favour of long-overdue copyright reforms, libraries in South Africa will need to wait a while longer for change. Following pressure from foreign governments, the Parliament will now have to reconsider the Copyright Amendment Bill.

29 Juni 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

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

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.

27 Mai 2020

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

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.

27 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Preservation, Climate change, climate heritage

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