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[InetBib] Libraries and archives from around the world sign letter asking EU to engage constructively in copyright discussions

Fulfill the promise of the Innovation Union:  Libraries, Archives and Research 
Institutions need balanced copyright laws
More than 60 library, archive and research institutions from countries across 
the European Union and internationally, representing over 650,000 information 
professionals, have joined together in a letter asking 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 is available here: http://www.ifla.org/node/8619

Organisations from Spain, France, Poland, Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania, the Czech 
Republic, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Armenia, Bulgaria, Russia and 
Sweden, as well as Australia, Canada and Colombia, have joined with European 
and international library and archive associations highlighting the copyright 
challenges preventing international research collaboration, preservation of 
cultural heritage and new forms of innovation.

The signatories of the letter 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. At the last meeting of the SCCR, the European Union tried to 
reverse conclusions that had been previously agreed by all of the world's 
countries at WIPO.

The discussions at WIPO are important to:

·        Foster a cutting-edge, open international research culture

·        Ensure future researchers have access to Europe's digitized and 
born-digital heritage; and

·        Make European cultural heritage globally accessible

More information about the 27th meeting of the SCCR can be found 

If your organization would like to endorse the letter, email Ellen Broad 
(ellen.broad@xxxxxxxx<mailto:ellen.broad@xxxxxxxx?subject=EU%20letter>). Please 
note it may take one day for your organisation's signature to be reflected on 
the webpage.

Ellen Broad
Manager, Digital Projects and Policy
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague

Phone: 0031703140884
Twitter: @ellenbroad


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