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European Copyright Directive EU-DSM – COVID19 and implementation

EU-DSM directive: March 2020 update In June 2019, the new European Copyright Directive entered into force. Countries have until June 2021 to implement it in their national laws.   Process Each country has its own process and timetable to prepare for the implementation of this reform. Some countries like Germany […]

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Open Education Week 2020

This week, IFLA celebrates Open Education Week 2020 alongside many other educational and cultural stakeholders. What is Open Education? Open Education is a global movement that aims to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to citizens around the world through open educational resources, tools and best practices. But what does ‘open’ mean? […]

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What does liability mean? What is an exception? Welcome to the Copyright Glossary

One of the important issues in the library world is copyright and the legal issues that arise from it. A good understanding of these issues is essential to be in a favourable negotiating position and will help shed light on emerging difficulties in current practices. Below you will find some […]

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The HathiTrust Digital Library: A Fair Use Story

Sara R. Benson, Copyright Librarian, University of Illinois. If you are unfamiliar with the work of the HathiTrust Digital Library, fair use week is a great time to familiarize yourself with it.  The HathiTrust Digital Library “is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items.”[1]  […]

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Report on status of Copyright Amendment Bill by Denise Nicholson

Over the past few years, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has been engaged in the reform of copyright laws in South Africa. Indeed, IFLA has submitted on many occasions comments and proposals on draft amendments. This reform contains ambitious provisions which could have an extremely positive […]

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Developing partnerships to achieve global library goals: an interview with Jason Evans, Wikimedian in residence at the Wales National Library.

What do you do as a Wikimedian in residence? Traditionally a Wikimedian in Residence focuses on increasing the quality and quantity of content on Wikipedia and its sister projects, such as Wikimedia Commons (for openly licenced media) and Wikidata (for linked open data). When I first started as a Wikimedian […]

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Why is it important to make digital reproductions of collections in the public domain free and accessible?

What is the public domain? The public domain includes all creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Works protected by copyright are those where the rightsholder has the potential to limit access and many uses in exchange for remuneration. After the death of the author of the […]

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