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The end of ownership of library material

The limits established by licensing agreements are a major and growing concern for libraries. In an effort to underline the challenges raised, IFLA commissioned a literature review on the limits of licensing. The study, written by Svetlana Yakovleva, underlines that licences stop far short of granting ownership, and identifies the […]

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Because Markets Fail: Libraries and the Public Domain

Intellectual property rights – copyrights included – are designed to create a market for ideas and expressions. Without them, the argument goes, there is no way of earning money from a work or product, and so no incentive to create. The right to enjoy the material benefits of a work […]

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Remembering and Forgetting: Finding the Right Balance

Freedom of access to information depends heavily on privacy. People will not feel comfortable in seeking and obtaining the information they need if they are under surveillance. However, free access and privacy – both of which are human rights recognised in the 1948 Universal Declaration – can also enter into […]

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New Year: New Opportunities for Libraries and Cultural Heritage

The past year has been filled with exciting events, inspiring meetings and interesting debates on the cultural heritage front. It was also the year IFLA published its first ever guide to its work in the field, highlighting key areas of our work, why we are involved, and how to find […]

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Libraries, Internet Access and Peace

IFLA was lucky enough to be present at a breakfast meeting organised by the European Internet Forum earlier this month, hosted by Julie Ward MEP. Please find below the transcript of our intervention: I have one of the ‘difficult’ SDGs to talk about – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. SDG […]

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IGF Day 4: Signing Off

  The final day of the IGF offered an opportunity to wrap up debates for 2017, and reflect on how to make use of the coming months.   IFLA attended sessions focusing on ‘publicness’ – the degree to which the Internet is redrawing the boundaries between the public and private […]

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IGF Day 3: Interconnections and Inclusion

On the third day of the IGF proper, IFLA had the opportunity to join with the coordinators of the IGF’s Dynamic Coalitions – self-organised groups of people from civil society, governments and business interested in finding practical solutions to some of the challenges posed by the Internet.   There’s a […]

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