EU favours licensing over copyright reform for libraries in latest international negotiations

« The 26th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) closed just before midnight on Friday 20th December, following five days of discussion of copyright protections for broadcasting, exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, and for education.

This was the first meeting during which exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives were discussed in depth by Member States, with two days dedicated to going through topics in working document SCCR/26/3.

At the end of the two days, key supporters of a legally binding instrument on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives had emerged, particularly within GRULAC (Latin America and Caribbean countries) and the African Group, while developed countries, like the EU and Central Eastern European and Baltic States, expressed strong opposition to focus on this area (…) »