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Mixed Messages – Provisional Deal on Draft EU Copyright Directive Retains Key Flaws

After thirty months of discussion, there was provisional agreement yesterday on the EU’s draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. While there have been marked steps forwards for libraries, the text retains provisions that pose serious threats to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression.

14 February 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Europe

Ensuring Equality: IFLA Submits Comments to New Zealand Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Consultation

Following a call for comments by the government of New Zealand Te Aotearoa on draft legislation designed to implement the Marrakesh Treaty, IFLA has made a submission. This highlights the need to reject provisions that go beyond what the Treaty requires, and to respect the fundamental principle of non-discrimination.

8 February 2019 | Libraries Serving Persons with Print Disabilities, Access to information, Services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired, New Zealand, Marrakesh Treaty

A Happy Ending – Interview with Mikkel Christoffersen on eLending in Denmark

The story of eLending in Denmark is a particular one. However, following some years of tension, Danish libraries are now lending more eBooks than ever, with all major publishers readily supporting this work. We interview Mikkel Christoffersen to find out what has happened.

8 February 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eBooks, eLending, Denmark

IFLA joins the call for deletion of articles 11 and 13 in the EU copyright reform

This week, 89 organisations, defenders of freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, co-signed a letter asking for the deletion of controversial articles in the proposed European Copyright Directive. IFLA, who had already openly underlined the threat posed by these provisions to access to information, is among the signatories. There is right now momentum for their deletion.

31 January 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Bringing the Marrakesh Treaty closer to practice: IFLA releases new monitoring report

IFLA has today published an update to its Marrakesh Monitoring Report. This sets out which countries have ratified or acceded to the Treaty, and which have taken the necessary steps at the national level to make it a reality. It underlines the need for continued attention at the national level to make a reality of the promise of Marrakesh.

24 January 2019 | Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Intellectual property, Inter-Library Loans, International cooperation, Services to people with disabilities, Services to the visually impaired

Controlled Digital Lending: an Interview with Jonathan Band

The concept of controlled digital lending is receiving growing attention. Originating in the United States, it is now a subject of discussion elsewhere in the world, raising both interest and concern. IFLA has interviewed Jonathan Band, a member of the Libraries Copyright Alliance, to find out more.

22 January 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, eBooks, eLending, eLending for Libraries

Libraries Can't Get Enough eBooks; an Interview with Sharon Day, Edmonton Public Library

IFLA has interviewed Sharon Day, speaking on behalf of a campaign in Canada to boost the availability - and affordability - of eBooks for libraries. The goal - to ensure that Canada's libraries can fulfil their mission of giving readers maximum possible access to knowledge and culture.

15 January 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eBooks, eLending, eLending for Libraries, Canada

Work continues at the World Intellectual Property Organization: a week of #Copyright4Libraries

IFLA is just back from another exciting week at the World Intellectual Property Organization, where United Nations Member States discussed how to move forwards on exceptions and limitations to copyright for libraries and other topics

5 December 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

Delivering the Promise: IFLA Secretary General Urges Support for Copyright Reforms that Benefit South African Libraries, Users

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner has written a letter to key South African ministers and parliamentarians, urging them to take the final steps necessary to approve a copyright reform that will be good for libraries and good for their users. People with print disabilities will benefit particularly from the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty that the reforms enable.

5 December 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to knowledge, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, Education, South Africa

Tearing down myths around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill

Ahead of further debate around the South African Copyright Amendment Bill, IFLA would like to share views on a number of issues raised by some stakeholders around the proposed legislation. Although the Bill is well underway, and there is positive progress on several library-related topics, there is concern that issues raised by a few stakeholders might slow down or undermine progress.

20 November 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives, South Africa

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