Tag Archive for 'access to information'

Will Your Collections Be Next? Library Amongst Internet Archive Pages Flagged as Holding ‘Terrorist Content’

The news that the French Internet Referral Unit has flagged over 550 URLs on the Internet Archive as terrorist content is a serious concern for libraries, not least the Smithsonian Libraries, whose page there is among those singled out. Clearly governments have a duty to protect against terrorism, as well […]

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Where Fair Use and Fair Dealing is Being Fought For

This week is Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week. It’s an opportunity to look at where librarians around the world are involved in efforts to defend and promote Fair Use and Fair Dealing. They are doing this because copyright rules that give librarians the space to adapt and update their practice make […]

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Fair’s Fair: How Fair Use and Fair Dealing Provide a Balanced Approach

In those countries where the introduction or extension of fair use or fair dealing is on the agenda, there is often a claim that this will lead to the end of payments for use of works. In South Africa, for example, those opposing the proposed reforms have implied that fair […]

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The Good, The Bad and (Avoiding) the Ugly: A Way Forwards on the Copyright Directive

Discussions around the European Union’s draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market are as tense as ever. Strong divisions have emerged between and among Member States and Members of the European Parliament around controversial proposals for a new press publishers’ right (Article 11) and an (effective) obligation on […]

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Trends in copyright for libraries: what’s coming up this year? (Part 2)

We started Copyright Week 2019 with a blog post on Monday about specific copyright reforms that are ongoing and upcoming in 2019. These copyright reforms show some common trends, so today we are closing the week by looking into that. In the framework of Copyright Week 2019, we also explored […]

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Copyright Week Day 4: Save the Messenger! Why Libraries Should Care about Safe Harbour

Discussion about questions of free speech and access to information is traditionally based around a divide between creators and users – or authors and readers in the case of books. When something goes wrong – an author goes beyond the limits of acceptable free speech or plagiarises, or a reader […]

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Copyright Week Day 3: Public Domain, Privatised Knowledge, and Libraries

1 January 2019 saw a greater than usual focus on the importance of the public domain. For the first time in 20 years, new works started to go out of copyright in the United States, following a 20 year hiatus. There was a lot of celebration – and performances of […]

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