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Promise, progress... and persistent problems: catching up on the situation for eLending in the United States

The past year has underlined how essential it is for libraries to be able to offer access to content digitally. With major expansion in demand from users, there have been both welcome moves from publishers to facilitate access, but also increasingly clear evidence of underlying challenges in the eBook market. We interviewed Sari Feldman and Alan Inouye, ALA, to get an update.

6 April 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, eBooks, United States of America, elending, e-Lending

IFLA joins organisations globally in calling for COVID TRIPS waiver to facilitate research, education and cultural participation

IFLA has joined with partners in signing a call for World Trade Organisation Members to make it clear that where intellectual property rights make it more difficult to tackle COVID-19 and its consequences, governments should be able to take steps to enable use of protected works.

25 März 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Copyright, World Trade Organization (WTO), TRIPS

Access not Administrative Burdens: IFLA signs letter on special trade provisions for least developed countries

IFLA has lent its support to efforts to ensure that least developed countries continue to enjoy greater flexibilities and lower administrative requirements in implementing trade deals. Retaining these possibilities will support investment, and more favourable laws, for education and research, and the libraries that support them.

9 März 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright exceptions and limitations, trade deals, World Trade Organization (WTO)

Sustaining libraries in a digital world: Interview with Jennie Rose Halperin, Library Futures

Library Futures is a newly created organisation in the United States, focused on the questions facing libraries in the digital world, with a view both to supporting learning and capacity building on the ground, and advocating for policy change. We interviewed Jennie Rose Halperin, Executive Director of Library Futures, to find out more.

2 März 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Digital resources, eLending

IFLA Submits Comments on draft UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

Faced with global challenges, the need to promote cooperation and collaboration amongst those looking for solutions is vital. Open science promotes just this. With UNESCO preparing a draft Recommendation on the subject, IFLA has submitted comments.

22 Januar 2021 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Open access, Open science

An Electronic Content Crisis: Interview with the Library Association of Ireland

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the importance for libraries to be able to provide services to users through digital channels, and the serious challenges faced in doing so. We interviewed the Library Association of Ireland to find out more about the situation there, and what they are doing about it.

26 November 2020 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Associations, Copyright, Digital resources, Ireland, COVID-19

Libraries Engaged in Advocacy for Access to Health in Chile

An important part of the right to health is the right to health information and knowledge. COVID-19 has only underlined this connection. We interviewed María Angélica Fuentes Martínez and Mónica Núñez of the Association of Chilean Librarians to find out more about their involvement in a project to strengthen advocacy around this.

24 November 2020 | Access to information, Chile, COVID-19, health

IFLA Releases Checklist for Legal Deposit Laws

IFLA has released its checklist for legal deposit laws, aiming to help those analysing existing laws or planning new ones. It is intended to ensure that key issues or questions are not forgotten, but rather included in reflections on this key area of legislation for libraries and their users.

18 November 2020 | National Libraries, Access to knowledge, Preservation, legal deposit, web harvesting

Access to Information for African Development: 10 Principles for the African Continental Free Trade Area

The negotiation of the Intellectual Property Protocol of the African Continental Free Trade Area offers an opportunity to shape laws across the continent to support education, research and development. IFLA and AfLIA have set out ten principles for negotiators to bear in mind to make this happen.

1 Oktober 2020 | Access to knowledge, Copyright, Copyright exceptions and limitations, Africa, AfCFTA, trade agreements

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

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