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Coming next week: WIPO General Assembly

The WIPO General Assembly will take place on 21st to 29th September 2020. IFLA will participate in order to make the case for libraries.

18 September 2020 | Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, WIPO GA

Users’ Rights Cannot be Collateral Damage: IFLA Submits Comments on European Commission Guidance on Upload Filter Provisions of Copyright Directive

IFLA has submitted a response to a consultation by the European Commission on guidance to Member States on how to implement the controversial new provisions on internet platforms introduced by the 2019 Copyright Directive. In the face of efforts by rightholder organisations to wish away the protections offered for user rights – including the enjoyment of exceptions and limitations to copyright – IFLA has joined other groups working to safeguard these guarantees as part of a balanced overall regime.

16 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Human rights, Europe, EU-DSM; European Copyright Directive

IFLA Submits Views on Digital Services Act

The European Commission has launched its long-awaited consultation on the Digital Services Act (DSA) which will develop new rules for internet platforms. These rules will potentially set new standards for government regulation online and, therefore, have a global impact on all digital stakeholders, including the library field.

8 September 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Europe

Still Time to Act: IFLA Calls for Rapid Finalisation of Copyright Reforms in South Africa

IFLA has called for South Africa’s Parliament to return the country’s Copyright Amendment Bill to the President for signature, and to reject the questionable allegations of unconstitutionality made against it.

18 August 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

Consultation on Marrakesh Treaty in Brazil Closing Shortly

A crucial moment in the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in Brazil is approaching, with a consultation on implementing regulations closing tomorrow. Libraries are active in calling for this to respect international best practice and respect the spirit of the Treaty.

23 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright exceptions and limitations, eBooks, Freedom to read, Brazil, Marrakesh Treaty

IFLA Takes Part in 2nd WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence

IFLA took part in the second session of the conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 7-9 July 2020.

21 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Intellectual property, Text mining, Artificial intelligence

Restore Balance, Protect Freedoms: Copyright Reforms in Mexico Need Rethinking

There has been disappointing news from Mexico, where recent copyright legislation risks making access to information significantly harder, while also undermining the role of the judiciary and lawmakers. Local libraries and other actors are calling for a constitutional review.

20 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Mexico

IFLA receives a Wikimedia Foundation's grant

IFLA is pleased to announce that it is receiving a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation as part of the WikiCite project.

2 Juli 2020

IFLA submits comments on EU Digital Services Act roadmaps

IFLA has responded to two draft roadmaps published by the European Commission as part of its Digital Service Act consultations.

1 Juli 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Europe, Digital Service Act, DSA, DSM, EU-DSM; European Copyright Directive

A Damaging Delay: Libraries and Users in South Africa Forced to Wait Longer for Overdue Reforms

Following years of advocacy in favour of long-overdue copyright reforms, libraries in South Africa will need to wait a while longer for change. Following pressure from foreign governments, the Parliament will now have to reconsider the Copyright Amendment Bill.

29 Juni 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, South Africa

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