Las bibliotecas en las reformas de derechos de autor: el ejemplo del Ecuador

English version follows Con la colaboración del Instituto Ecuatoriano de la Propiedad Intelectual El acceso a la información es un claro activo para el desarrollo social y económico. Tal y como subraya el informe “Desarrollo y Acceso a la Información”, “el acceso a la información no es un fin en […]

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Why Do Libraries Care about Copyright Reforms?

By Jessica Coates, Copyright Adviser, Australian Libraries Copyright Commitee, and member of the IFLA CLM Network As we continue the good fight for copyright reform, it isn’t uncommon to be asked – why would libraries get involved with something so political? But the truth is, in the debates surrounding copyright […]

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Out of Copyright: When Rights are the Wrong Answer

  The concept of exclusive author’s rights has undoubtedly shaped the creative economy of today. By turning creativity into an investment good, it has reduced reliance on rich sponsors to cover costs, as used to be the case in the art market for example. Instead, the focus of efforts to […]

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Bringing World Heritage to the World: Creative Commons Day 3 Blog

A cancelled plane provided the opportunity to attend Day 3 of the Creative Commons Global Summit, and a great chance to hear about what the movement is doing to build on the 1.4bn works already under CC licences, as well as some of the threats bad policy can pose to […]

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IFLA at the Second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development – Days 1 and 2 (Civil Society Meetings)

Kicking-off a full week advocating for libraries and access to information at the Second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, IFLA’s delegation in Santiago, Chile, took active part of meetings organised by civil society at the Forum on 16-17 April. […]

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Open for Who? Day 2 at the Creative Commons Global Summit

The Internet itself, at its inception, was designed to be open. The movements that have been built on top of it – Wikipedia, Mozilla, and of course Creative Commons – have championed openness as a means of improving the world and delivering the potential of the Internet to break down […]

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3D Printing in the Library: Do be aware, but no reason to scare. A Legal Risk Assessment by Tomas A. Lipinski

Originally posted in the IFLA SpeakUp! blog, run by IFLA’s FAIFE Committee. Libraries have traditionally acted as facilitators of access to information. In this role, libraries serve as intermediaries not gatekeepers or watchdogs. Libraries diffuse the use of new technologies to their patrons, empowering and unleashing the potential of human […]

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