WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has completed a two-week session with progress in two areas in which advocates are seeking international agreements on limitations and exceptions to copyright.

The Committee announced that it will consider input from library groups and delegations to the meeting – and accept further comments from members until February 29 – and produce a “Provisional Working Document” (SCCR/23/8) on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives.  A joint press release from seven associations representing libraries and archivists said they “welcome the significant progress made by WIPO Member states,” and noted that they currently “operate under a patchwork of provisions that differ from country to country that often do not meet the needs of libraries especially in the global, digital environment.”

It also adopted a “Working document on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons/persons with disabilities” (SCCR/23/7) which will serve as a draft text for further negotiations.