Continuing the Fight for Access to Knowledge – IFLA Returns to Geneva

« (…) IFLA will therefore be speaking up at the 33rd meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at the World Intellectual Property Organisation this week. The current system is not working, and for libraries, there is no serious alternative to international level legal change…

SCCR has already addressed a number of areas where exceptions and limitations give the space for key libraries activities – making copies for personal research, undertake preservation, or lending books to give just some examples. These all contribute to a balanced and effective copyright system, as recognised by most WIPO members.

At this meeting, IFLA will underline that if these exceptions and limitations are to count, they need to be protected from abusive contract terms and digital rights management tools. Librarians need also to be protected from disproportionate penalties for honest mistakes. (…) »