How Licenses Give Access, But Can Also Take It Away

 Posted by on August 23, 2017  Comments Off on How Licenses Give Access, But Can Also Take It Away
Aug 232017
 

Release of the “Literature review on the use of licensing in library context, and the limitations this creates to access to knowledge”

[International Federation of Library Associations, Link (CC-BY] The way libraries acquire content is in transition. With a growing share of digital material in library collections, licences are a fact of life. However, and as many in the library world have already experienced, while licenses give access to knowledge, they can also restrict it.

IFLA’s Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters has therefore commissioned a literature review on the use of licensing in library context, and the limitations this creates to access to knowledge. The study, written by Svetlana Yakovleva and released today, looks through the available research, from theoretical analyses to practical survey work on libraries’ experience of licensing. It identifies the main limitations associated with copyright licenses in the library context, sets out how they impact both access and use of digital content, and provides examples. Continue reading »

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Information, Access, And Development: Setting A Course For The Sustainable Development Goals

 Posted by on August 11, 2017  Comments Off on Information, Access, And Development: Setting A Course For The Sustainable Development Goals
Aug 112017
 

Gerald Leitner, Secretary General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
Reposted from IP-Watch, Link (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Information is the raw material for decision-making. When individuals and groups make the right choices, based on good information, their chances of taking a full role in economic, social, cultural and civic life improve. They can better create and innovate, participate in politics, find and do their jobs well, and live healthily.

Informed citizens and communities are also essential to the UN’s 2030 Agenda. We cannot have sustainable development when individuals are not able to deal with new choices and challenges autonomously, drawing on access to information. And we cannot have inclusive development, with no-one left behind, unless this access is real and meaningful for everyone. Continue reading »

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Aug 042017
 

[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] Leading library organizations, EIFL, AfLIA (African Library and Information Associations and Institutions) and IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), call on Malawi to embrace the spirit of the Marrakesh Treaty by dropping a legal requirement to check if a work is commercially available before an accessible format copy can be made.

An analysis by EIFL of Malawi’s copyright law, adopted in September 2016, shows that while the new law permits a range of library activities and services, complex conditions limit in practice what libraries in Malawi are permitted to do. Continue reading »

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Cultural Heritage Institutions: Commission’s Copyright Proposal Fails to Address Our Needs

 Posted by on January 3, 2017  Comments Off on Cultural Heritage Institutions: Commission’s Copyright Proposal Fails to Address Our Needs
Jan 032017
 

Paul Keller, Communia Association, Link (CC-0)
December 21, 2016

Last week a number of Europeana organisations representing libraries and other cultural heritage organizations released a joint response to the Commission’s copyright proposals. The paper, issued by LIBER, EBLIDA, IFLA, Public Libraries 2020 and Europeana, deals with those elements of the EU copyright framework that are directly relevant to cultural heritage institutions.

This includes four issues addressed in the Commission’s Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the exceptions for Text and Data Mining, Education, and Preservation copies, and the measures aimed at improving access to out-of-commerce works), and a number of issues that the Commission’s proposal fails to address, such as on-site access to collections and online document supply. Continue reading »

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Sep 222016
 

ifla-eblidaJoint statement by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations, Link (CC-BY)

As we enter the final days of the countdown to the entry into force of the 2013 Marrakesh Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons, there is cause for some optimism in Europe.

The European Commission has published draft legislation that will establish a clear right for individuals and ‘authorised entities’ such as libraries to make accessible copies of books for visually impaired people and those with other reading disabilities. Moreover, it opens the way to the sharing of such copies, not only within and between the EU’s Member States, but also globally. Continue reading »

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Aug 162016
 

butler150px[Reposted from the author’s blog, here. (CC-BY)] The Copyright Office is poised to issue a total rewrite of Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which protects library and archives’ copying for preservation and research. Libraries and archives have said they do not want this, but the Office seems to be determined to do it. So, a group of Deans and Directors of Virginia university libraries has sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA!) to ensure he realizes the controversy and context that surrounds the Office’s proposed changes. If you are a concerned library or librarian, consider writing your representative, especially if they sit on the Judiciary Committee. Continue reading »

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How New Polish Copyright Law Modernizes Library Services

 Posted by on August 16, 2016  Comments Off on How New Polish Copyright Law Modernizes Library Services
Aug 162016
 

eifl[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] New EIFL resources document the recent changes in Polish copyright law that bring library services in Poland into the 21st century.  The centrepiece for libraries of the new copyright legislation are provisions that enable digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage. Continue reading »

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New: What Every Copyright Law Should Have to Support Libraries

 Posted by on August 8, 2016  Comments Off on New: What Every Copyright Law Should Have to Support Libraries
Aug 082016
 

eiflElectronic Information for Libraries (CC-BY)
05 August 2016 | Contacts:
jean.fairbairn@eifl.net: Communications Manager
teresa.hackett@eifl.net: Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager

Restrictive copyright laws create legal barriers to using resources for education, research and socio-economic development. This can have significant consequences for people who use libraries in developing and transition economy countries, where the ability to produce and use knowledge is a major factor in development. Continue reading »

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Licensed to Fail: How Licensing Ended ‘Established and Respected’ International Document Supply Service

 Posted by on July 5, 2016  Comments Off on Licensed to Fail: How Licensing Ended ‘Established and Respected’ International Document Supply Service
Jul 052016
 

eifl[Teresa Hackett, EIFL, Link (CC-BY)] Document delivery is a vital service in meeting the particular information needs of individual researchers, students and scholars. On 1 July 2016 the British Library (BL), one of the world’s largest research libraries, terminated its international non-commercial document delivery service just four-and-a-half years after it became licence-based.

New data obtained by EIFL under Freedom of Information requests document the reasons behind the decline of the “established and respected” service that, until 2012, had been meeting the needs of researchers around the world for five decades under a copyright exception.

The demise of the British Library service illustrates how licensing, far from delivering greater resources to professionals and scholars, has failed them. It reaffirms that international document delivery for non-commercial purposes should be regulated by copyright law, not by licence. Continue reading »

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Highlights From Two Global Copyright Days

 Posted by on May 6, 2016  Comments Off on Highlights From Two Global Copyright Days
May 062016
 

eiflEIFL campaign to mark UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day and WIPO World Intellectual Property Day 2016

[Teresa Hackett, Electronic Information for Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] In the digital environment, librarians deal with questions of copyright every day. But restrictive copyright laws can hinder the library’s efforts to provide access to knowledge. Two global copyright days – UNESCO’s World Book & Copyright Day that took place on 23 April, and WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April – presented a great opportunity to highlight the work that librarians in the EIFL network do to overcome copyright restrictions and serve library users.

We marked the two days with a social media campaign, which also featured EIFL’s wide range of multi-language resources on copyright, and showed how librarians in EIFL partner countries are using the resources to advance their work. Continue reading »

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New Copyright Law in Poland Heralds New Era for Libraries

 Posted by on November 23, 2015  Comments Off on New Copyright Law in Poland Heralds New Era for Libraries
Nov 232015
 

eiflEIFL welcomes Poland’s new copyright law that brings library services into the twenty-first century

[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] The new Polish Copyright Act [link in Polish] enters into force on 20th November 2015 bringing library services in Poland into the twenty-first century.

Major new provisions enabling digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage, are the centrepiece for libraries of the new law. The law also implements a European Directive enabling the use of orphan works (in-copyright works where the copyright holder cannot be identified or found to obtain permission), and an EU Memorandum of Understanding on the use of works that are no longer commercially available. In addition, the introduction of public lending right is limited to works in public libraries. Continue reading »

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A Right to Read Campaign Established in Nepal

 Posted by on September 21, 2015  Comments Off on A Right to Read Campaign Established in Nepal
Sep 212015
 

eifl[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link, (CC-BY))] On 3-4 September 2015, EIFL co-organized the first seminar in Nepal dedicated to library copyright issues, in cooperation with our partners, the Nepal Library and Information Consortium (NeLIC). The sub-regional seminar provided an introduction to copyright and the copyright system, as well as library provisions in the copyright law of Nepal and other countries. It focused on three important areas: the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, the development of open educational resources (OERs), and long-term preservation of knowledge. Continue reading »

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