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[InetBib] IFLA Press release : Library and archive copyright exceptions (English)

19 November 2010


 "Unprecedented opportunity for libraries and archives" - WIPO to work on 
library and archive copyright exceptions

 IFLA SCCR 21 Press Release 
<http://www.ifla.org/files/clm/IFLA%20SCCR%2021%20Press%20release.doc> [doc] 

IFLA SCCR 21 Press Release 
<http://www.ifla.org/files/clm/IFLA%20SCCR%2021%20Press%20release.pdf> [pdf] 

The 21st Session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Standing 
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in Geneva on 
November 8-12, 2010. At the meeting's conclusion the SCCR agreed a work plan 
<http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=147798>  for 2011/12 
concerning copyright exceptions and limitations which not only takes forward 
the proposal by Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico for the World Blind 
Union's (WBU) proposed 'Treaty 
<http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/doc_details.jsp?doc_id=122732> for Improved 
Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons , but 
additionally allocates equal time for "text-based work on appropriate 
exceptions and limitations" for libraries and archives, educational, teaching 
and research institutions, and persons with other disabilities.  

We welcome that all the issues concerning people with disabilities, libraries 
and archives, and education and research will be discussed by WIPO Member 
States. We are delighted that the WBU proposed Treaty will move forward next, 
followed by issues for libraries and archives, timetabled for three full days' 
discussion and formal consideration by Member States in November 2011.

WIPO has agreed on a work programme that could lead to an international treaty 
involving mandatory exceptions for the benefit of users of copyright works, 
heralding a new era for copyright in the 21st century.

Winston Tabb, Chair of IFLA's copyright committee (CLM) said "We have achieved 
an unprecedented opportunity for libraries and archives but there remains a 
huge amount of work to be done. Significant support from organisations within 
the library and archive community will be needed to ensure a successful 

Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Programme Manager said "Our organisations have been 
playing a full part in SCCR to reach this point, since Chile first proposed an 
analysis of exceptions and limitations in 2004. We thank all the Member States 
that have shown great commitment to the needs of libraries and archives. We 
look forward to continue to working with them, as well as our friends in WBU 
and civil society to achieve timely results for all."

The library and archive delegation to SCCR/21 comprised the International 
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA <http://www.ifla.org> 
) represented by Winston Tabb 
 , Stuart Hamilton <http://blogs.ifla.org/stuart/about/>  and Barbara Stratton 
  (supported by CILIP <http://www.cilip.org.uk/Pages/default.aspx> , the 
Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, UK), Electronic 
Information for Libraries (EIFL <http://www.eifl.net/> ) represented by Teresa 
 and Kathy Matsika 
 , the Chilean NGO, Innovarte Corporación <http://sitio.innovarte.cl/> , 
represented by Luis Villarroel 
<http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/LVillarroel.htm> , the (U.S.) Library 
Copyright Alliance (LCA <http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/> ) 
represented by Janice Pilch <http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/people/pilch> , the 
Canadian Library Association (CLA 
<http://www.cla.ca/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home> ) represented by Victoria Owen 
<http://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/about-us> , and the International Council on 
Archives (ICA <http://www.ica.org/> ), represented by Tim Padfield 

Press contact:
Stuart Hamilton, Senior Policy Advisor, IFLA
Tel: +31 (70) 314 0884
Mobile: +31 681 483 630
Email: stuart.hamilton@xxxxxxxx 


Notes to editors: 

*       IFLA: the International Federation of Library Associations and 
Institutions is the leading international body providing the global voice of 
the library and information profession in the interests of library and 
information services and their users. It represents some 1600 members 
(associations, libraries and information services and individuals) from 151 
countries around the world. http://www.ifla.org
*       EIFL: Electronic Information for Libraries is an international 
not-for-profit organisation based in Europe with a global network of partners. 
EIFL works in collaboration with libraries in more than 45 developing and 
transition countries <http://www.eifl.net/where-we-work>  in Africa, Asia and 
Europe, enabling access to knowledge for education, learning, research and 
sustainable community development. http://www.eifl.net <http://www.eifl.net/> 
*       LCA: Library Copyright Alliance represents three U.S. library 
associations - the American Library Association, the Association of Research 
Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. LCA's mission 
is to foster global access and fair use of information for creativity, 
research, and education by presenting a unified voice for libraries with regard 
to copyright law and policy for the digital environment. 
*       CLA: the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des 
bibliothèques works to build the Canadian library and information community and 
the services it provides to society and acts as advocate and public voice, 
educator and network for a diverse membership of Canadian librarians. 
*       Innovarte Corporación, is a not-for-profit non-governmental 
organisation based in Santiago, Chile. Its goal is the promotion and protection 
of access to knowledge, innovation, creativity and culture as the means for the 
scientific, social, cultural, legal and economic status of people, particularly 
in Latin America. http://sitio.innovarte.org <http://sitio.innovarte.cl/> 
*       ICA: the International Council on Archives promotes the preservation 
and use of archives around the world since by guaranteeing citizens' rights of 
access to official information and to knowledge of their history, archives are 
fundamental to democracy, accountability and good governance. In pursuing this 
mission, ICA works for the protection and enhancement of the memory of the 
world and to improve communication while respecting cultural diversity. 
http://www.ica.org/ and http://new.ica.org <http://new.ica.org/> 


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