Libraries and archives leave international copyright discussions empty handed after countries again fail to reach agreement

« Discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally “agreed to disagree” on any conclusions on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives, as well as a draft treaty for broadcasting (…)

Despite the disappointing end to discussions at SCCR 28, libraries and archives had a productive week, beginning with a packed side event on Monday 30 June titled “Keeping Copyright Relevant in the digital environment: libraries, archives and licences”. Member States and NGOs heard from a range of speakers on the issues libraries and archives face with digital content licensing that override or restrict domestic copyright exceptions and limitations (…)

Ironically, in the same week the EU Commission was defending their existing copyright framework at WIPO, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner in Charge of the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, issued a rallying call for European copyright reform. In her speech to the Information Influx Conference on 2 July in Amsterdam, Commissioner Kroes highlighted the cross border nature of access to information online (…)

The next meeting of the SCCR takes place in December 2014, after the WIPO General Assembly in September 2014 (…) »