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IFLA responds to the International Science Council Survey on Science and Global Sustainability

The International Science Council (ISC) is working together with science funders to bring together insights and ideas from the scientific community to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN's 2030 Agenda.

6 October 2020 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Capacity building, Cooperation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Open access, Policy, Sustainability, Open science

Access to Information for African Development: 10 Principles for the African Continental Free Trade Area

The negotiation of the Intellectual Property Protocol of the African Continental Free Trade Area offers an opportunity to shape laws across the continent to support education, research and development. IFLA and AfLIA have set out ten principles for negotiators to bear in mind to make this happen.

1 October 2020 | Access to knowledge, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Africa, AfCFTA, trade agreements

IFLA responds to the Orphan Works Survey

In 2012, the European Union agreed a Directive on Orphan Works (OWD) (e.g. works for which institutions have not identify or located the rightsholder, preventing them from asking for an agreement to use works), to improve legal certainty across the EU in digitising and disseminating these materials.

29 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Cultural heritage

IFLA Engages at WIPO General Assembly

From 21 to 25 September 2020 the General Assembly of WIPO- the World Intellectual Property Organization – took place in hybrid mode in Geneva and online. IFLA worked alongside partners to represent and promote libraries and their interests on intellectual property issues.

28 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Accessibility, Africa

IFLA releases 6 videos on Wikidata and Wikibase in Libraries

In February 2020, the IFLA received a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to carry out a WLIC 2020 satellite event in Dublin. Due to developments related to COVID19, the project was transformed into 6 online discussions with professionals in order to discuss projects, issues, progress of Wikidata, Wikibase and bibliographic data in the field of libraries.

24 September 2020 | WikiCite, Wikipedia

Coming next week: WIPO General Assembly

The WIPO General Assembly will take place on 21st to 29th September 2020. IFLA will participate in order to make the case for libraries.

18 September 2020 | Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, WIPO GA

Users’ Rights Cannot be Collateral Damage: IFLA Submits Comments on European Commission Guidance on Upload Filter Provisions of Copyright Directive

IFLA has submitted a response to a consultation by the European Commission on guidance to Member States on how to implement the controversial new provisions on internet platforms introduced by the 2019 Copyright Directive. In the face of efforts by rightholder organisations to wish away the protections offered for user rights – including the enjoyment of exceptions and limitations to copyright – IFLA has joined other groups working to safeguard these guarantees as part of a balanced overall regime.

16 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Human rights, Europe, EU-DSM; European Copyright Directive

IFLA Submits Views on Digital Services Act

The European Commission has launched its long-awaited consultation on the Digital Services Act (DSA) which will develop new rules for internet platforms. These rules will potentially set new standards for government regulation online and, therefore, have a global impact on all digital stakeholders, including the library field.

8 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Europe

Still Time to Act: IFLA Calls for Rapid Finalisation of Copyright Reforms in South Africa

IFLA has called for South Africa’s Parliament to return the country’s Copyright Amendment Bill to the President for signature, and to reject the questionable allegations of unconstitutionality made against it.

18 August 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

Consultation on Marrakesh Treaty in Brazil Closing Shortly

A crucial moment in the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Brazil is approaching, with a consultation on implementing regulations closing tomorrow. Libraries are active in calling for this to respect international best practice and respect the spirit of the Treaty.

23 July 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright exceptions and limitations, eBooks, Freedom to read, Brazil, Marrakesh Treaty

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