[A2k] EIFL's seven point plan to the European Commission

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Fri Mar 7 04:49:00 PST 2014


EIFL's seven point plan to the European Commission

In response to the European Commission's Public Consultation on the
review of EU copyright rules, EIFL submitted a seven point plan that
will help libraries to do their work in the digital environment.

Of course, as the consultation document contained 80 questions, there
are many more points to be made that are covered by other library and
civil society groups. The seven point plan captures issues raised by
libraries in EIFL partner countries.

Seven point plan

Mandatory exceptions. As the EU is expanded to 28 Member States and
new technologies increase the desire for cross-border co-operation,
trans-national activities such as large-scale library digitization
projects, online learning opportunities and joint research information
infrastructures must be facilitated by law. (p. 6)

Inter-library document supply services, a vital adjunct in meeting the
specialist information meets of scholars and researchers, must be
supported through an exception. Our libraries tell us how inflexible
supply options and high prices put licensed services out of reach. (p.

A right to acquire commercially available e-books, and to lend e-books
under reasonable terms and conditions. Libraries, authors and
publishers have a common goal to encourage reading and writing in
diverse languages, an essential part of national culture and identity.
Read how libraries in Estonia and Latvia are struggling with the odds.
(p. 13)

Let libraries promote Europe's cultural heritage in the online
environment. Libraries need a modern definition of "on the premises"
that permits access to digitized works within the library network at
the very least, and does not cause whole categories of works to be
excluded from Europeana, the European Digital Library, and other
socially valuable projects. Read experiences from Latvia, Lithuania,
and Poland. (p. 15)

Sign and ratify the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print
disabilities as a matter of urgency. Blind people in Europe are being
denied access to reading materials that libraries want to provide.
Read how a library in Lithuania cannot serve its end users because of
cross-border copyright problems. (p. 17)

Protect exceptions from overrule by contract. Ensure that exceptions
in the Information Society Directive are given binding effect for
licensed resources - most electronic resources in libraries - that are
otherwise subject to the consent of the rightsholder. It's been done
before in the Database and Computer Program Directives. (p. 7)

Establish a European Ombudsman for access to information to provide
support to libraries in negotiating fair licences with publishers, in
case of abuse of monopoly position. (p. 12)


EIFL works with library consortia in the following European countries
that represent 645 libraries:

EU Member States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia
EU candidate countries: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia
Potential candidates: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo

Libraries in other EIFL partner consortia throughout the world are
affected by EU copyright law and policy because bilateral trade and
economic partnership agreements may require the adaptation of local
copyright laws in accordance with EU rules and standards.

Download the EIFL submission to the European Commission's Public
Consultation on the review of EU copyright rules (pdf).

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