« LIBER has joined more than 50 library, archive and research institutions from countries across the European Union and internationally in signing a letter which asks the European Union to engage constructively in text-based discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.
The letter highlights the copyright challenges preventing international research collaboration, preservation of cultural heritage and new forms of innovation. Together the signatories represent over 650,000 information professionals.
The signatories urge the European Union and its Member States to ensure that text-based discussion of an international instrument on copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives continues to be reflected in the mandate of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR), and that the European Union engages constructively in these discussions. The discussions at WIPO are important to:
– Foster a cutting-edge, open international research culture;
– Ensure future researchers have access to Europe’s digitised and born-digital heritage;
– Make European cultural heritage globally accessible.