About the Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters

CLM was created to advise IFLA and represents the voice of the international library community in copyright and other legal concerns. Further CLM is active in issues relating to

  • Economic and legal barriers to the acquisition and use of library resources and effective library services
  • Subscription and license agreements
  • Legal issues relevant to broader access to knowledge, in particular online
  • A wide range of other legal matters of international significance to libraries and librarianship

CLM focuses its energies on areas of copyright where it can have the greatest impact, and where threats to libraries’ ability to preserve a balance between user and owner rights are most pressing.

It is mostly concerned with the global copyright arena, as IFLA is an international organisation. CLM has been working with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva since 2005. Representatives from CLM’s subcommittee on WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), often in conjunction with colleagues from partner organisations, participate actively in relevant meetings.

It also monitors other international agreements that have the potential to affect libraries, notably around internet governance, the WTO, trade deals, and regional integration (as in the EU).

In addition, CLM has a subcommittee dedicated to questions around eLending, and works closely with other regional library organizations with shared interests, such as eIFLEBLIDA, and LCA, to ensure that the concerns of libraries are voiced.

CLM also works to build capacity at national and regional levels through library associations, and is the main intellectual resource for IFLA and its members when it comes to copyright and other legal issues for libraries.


Martyn Wade
Independent Library Professional
Carnegie UK Trust Official
United Kingdom

1st term: 2019-2021

CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Copyright

Dernière mise à jour: 31 octobre 2019