Saturday, December 3, 2016

New resource on cross-border access to knowledge

Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) has compiled a booklet of 15 statements by library and archive organizations on how access to knowledge is denied when copyright exceptions stop at the border, or when licensing fails. Titled The internet is global - but copyright exceptions stop at the border. Why we need an international treaty for cross-border access to knowledge, the statements by librarians and archivists made at WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) sessions in April 2014, June 2014 and May 2016 present extensive evidence from around the world on why we need an international treaty for cross-border access to knowledge. WIPO is the main body that sets international copyright law.

This booklet is a valuable resource for policy-makers and government officials concerned with copyright, as well as librarians and archivists involved in copyright advocacy. The statements are from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), EIFL, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the German Library Association (DBV), the International Council on Archives (ICA), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Karisma Foundation, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), the Scottish Council on Archives (SCA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

EIFL works with libraries to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. Their vision is a world in which all people have the knowledge they need to achieve their full potential.

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