Tag Archive for 'Limitations and exceptions to copyright for libraries'

Commonalities and Convergence: Celebrating the International Day of Museums

‘Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples’.   In its description of the core value of museums for International Museums Day, the International Council on Museums (ICOM) makes it easy to draw parallels with the work […]

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Copyright for Libraries in 2018 – Part 2: New and Ongoing Issues

While the bread and butter of copyright – issues around copying, lending and preserving works – continue to be at the heart of discussions on the topic, it is worth thinking about some of the other questions which are likely to make regular appearances in debates over the rest of […]

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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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From Shelf to Platform: Why Safe Harbours Matter for Libraries

In most of the discussions about either copyright or Internet policy that IFLA attends, the term ‘Internet platform’ is usually code for Google or Facebook. They provide a place where individuals – from writers and creators to propagandists and people uploading large numbers of illicit copies of films – can […]

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Because Markets Fail: Libraries and the Public Domain

Intellectual property rights – copyrights included – are designed to create a market for ideas and expressions. Without them, the argument goes, there is no way of earning money from a work or product, and so no incentive to create. The right to enjoy the material benefits of a work […]

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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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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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