SCCR 27: EIFL statement on withdrawn and retracted works

Ms. Teresa Hackett, speaking on behalf of Electronic Information for Libraries:

I am speaking on behalf of Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). We thank the African Group, Ecuador and India for proposals on this topic.

Libraries and archives have a mission to preserve the public record for posterity. In the analogue environment, exhaustion to the distribution right ensured the operation of this function. In the digital environment, there are no such safeguards.

This provision would provide an exception to the communication to the public right for the purposes of preserving, and providing a permanent record of a digital work that has been removed from the public realm, for example, due to plagiarism, or because the author has changed their views on a subject.

Libraries and archives have a societal duty to ensure that the public record is intact. If libraries and archives cannot do this in the electronic environment, no one else is caring for it. Future historians and researchers will be at a loss because a complete and accurate public record cannot be guaranteed.

The electronic environment is global, so we need a global solution.

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