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The IMCO Committee votes on the European Copyright File

The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) at the European Parliament voted on its opinion on the Commission’s proposal on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive on the 8 June. IMCO is one of the five Committees which will review and propose amendments to the proposed Directive, […]

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COMMUNIA’s campaign for a better European copyright reform – sign the petition

Copyright determines the extent to which a teacher may use, share or adapt any material made by someone else. Libraries, archives and museums provide informal education on their premises on a regular basis. However, many European countries’ legislation does not take account of cultural heritage institutions within their exceptions and […]

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IFLA goes RightsCon!

This week Access Now’s RightsCon takes place in Brussels. IFLA is participating for the first time and does so by hosting a roundtable session on Friday 31 March 9am on digital privacy in the library: Privacy for Everyone: Using Libraries to Promote Digital Privacy The session will be chaired by […]

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Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society

This week sees the continuation of Wikipedia’s #1lib1ref (One Librarian, One Reference) campaign (highlights from the first week here!). The thematic thread of this week’s activities is fake news, an expression that has been at the tip of people’s tongues lately, along with “alternative facts”. This blog explores the library […]

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Friends or Foes? Copyright and Free Speech

Copyright is regularly held up in public debates as both a barrier to, and a pre-condition of free speech. Given the emotive power of human rights arguments, as well as how readily they are used, it is worth exploring these claims. The answer, to both, is ‘not necessarily’.   Foe? […]

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In and Out of the Public Domain: the Role of Libraries

The development of libraries around the world is the result of an understanding that societies are stronger, more creative and more productive when they are literate and informed. The public domain – the sum of works which are no longer subject to the economic rights included in copyright and so […]

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Sci-Hub – Anger, Jealousy, Despair or a Call to Arms?

By Stephen Wyber, Policy and Research Officer at IFLA (stephen.wyber[at]ifla.org)   Sci-Hub is a free and open repository of some 50 million academic articles, almost all of which are copyrighted. It obtains its content, it appears, by using log-ins from people signed up to academic institutions. There is debate as […]

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