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IFLA Takes Part in 2nd WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence

IFLA took part in the second session of the conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 7-9 July 2020.

21 July 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Intellectual property, Text mining, Artificial intelligence

Restore Balance, Protect Freedoms: Copyright Reforms in Mexico Need Rethinking

There has been disappointing news from Mexico, where recent copyright legislation risks making access to information significantly harder, while also undermining the role of the judiciary and lawmakers. Local libraries and other actors are calling for a constitutional review.

20 July 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Mexico

IFLA receives a Wikimedia Foundation's grant

IFLA is pleased to announce that it is receiving a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation as part of the WikiCite project.

2 July 2020

IFLA submits comments on EU Digital Services Act roadmaps

IFLA has responded to two draft roadmaps published by the European Commission as part of its Digital Service Act consultations.

1 July 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Europe, Digital Service Act, DSA, DSM, EU-DSM; European Copyright Directive

A Damaging Delay: Libraries and Users in South Africa Forced to Wait Longer for Overdue Reforms

Following years of advocacy in favour of long-overdue copyright reforms, libraries in South Africa will need to wait a while longer for change. Following pressure from foreign governments, the Parliament will now have to reconsider the Copyright Amendment Bill.

29 June 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

Anniversary of the EU-DSM directive!

The European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market entered into force on 7 June 2019, with Member States having two years to transpose it (i.e. to implement it into national law). This directive aims to ensure better functioning of copyright rules across borders, allowing for a more integrated single market due to greater legal homogeneity across the bloc. Now, in June 2020, we are therefore at the mid-point of the implementation process. Countries still have one year to meet their commitments.

8 June 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Europe, EU-DSM; European Copyright Directive, Digital Single Market Directive

IFLA Signs on to ICOLC Statement on Resource Access during COVID-19, Shares Principles for Associations in Negotiations

IFLA has signed onto the Statement by the International Coalition of Library Consortia on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on library services and resources. To further support members, IFLA's Advisory Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters has produced principles for use in negotiation with rightholders.

27 May 2020

WIPO's General Assembly: Fifty-second session

The World Intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations, is an entity that oversees policies and decisions concerning intellectual property and in particular copyright and related rights within the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. The fifty-second General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization will take place on 7th and 8th May 2020.

7 May 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Advocacy, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Switzerland, WIPO

Leading library, archives, and museum organisations call on WIPO to help safeguard cultural heritage

With this year's World Intellectual Property Day focusing on innovation for a green future, IFLA and its partners have come together to call on governments and the World Intellectual Property Organization not to forget the past. An open letter calling for action to ensure that intellectual property laws do not stand in the way of preservation of heritage faced with climate change already has 155 organisational and institutional co-signatories, and 55 individuals. The letter is still open for signatories.

27 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Preservation, Climate change, climate heritage

Heritage cannot wait in the face of climate change: IFLA welcomes signatures to open letter on World IP Day

IFLA and its partners are welcoming signatures of an open letter on the need for the right copyright laws to allow heritage institutions to preserve their collections in the face of climate change. Launched on World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April 2020, the letter raises awareness of the need for laws that support, rather than hinder, efforts to safeguard heritage.

26 April 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Conservation, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Preservation, WIPO

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