[A2k] EIFL draft law on copyright revised and updated

Amelia Andersdotter amelia at andersdotter.cc
Tue Nov 18 08:30:27 PST 2014

Dear all,

This is just a matter of inquiry. In the European Commission summary of
copyright consultation responses[1], the European Commission
specifically points to many European end-consumers and private citizens
proposing a text similar to the one presented at copyrightcode.eu[2], an
older project by a group of legal scholars referring to themselves as
the Wittem Group.

Could the EIFL in its continued work on draft laws try to harmonize or
converge with the text of coprightcode.eu? This would allow for
end-consumers/private persons and librarians to point in approximately
the same direction (simplicity, comprehension), while considerable
amounts of flexibility could be introduced into the copyright framework.


[2] http://copyrightcode.eu/

Best regards,

Amelia Andersdotter

On 11/18/14 16:32, Teresa Hackett wrote:
> Colleagues:
> After five years, it was time to update the 2009 EIFL Draft Law on
> Copyright in the light of legislative developments, current thinking on
> copyright policy, and library services enabled by new technologies.
> As a result, we have amended some of the exceptions and limitations, while
> introducing new provisions. We have also refreshed the layout and design of
> the document.
> The EIFL Draft Law on Copyright including Model Exceptions and Limitations
> for Libraries and their Users (2014) is a practical guide to assist
> librarians, as well as their legal advisors and policy-makers, when
> national laws are being updated. It is designed to support access to
> knowledge and the public interest mission of libraries.
> The provisions apply fully to the digital environment, and contain
> important measures needed for preservation, inter-library document supply,
> orphan works, translations, and text and data mining, among other
> activities. It also includes a flexible exception to 'future proof' the law
> for technological advances. Each exception and limitation is accompanied by
> a short explanatory note that describes the policy goal of the provision
> and examples of its effect.
> Comments and feedback are welcome. We hope it will continue to be a useful
> resource for librarians and policy-makers alike.
> Read about the EIFL draft law on copyright (2014) here,
> http://www.eifl.net/eifl-draft-law-copyright
> Download the EIFL Draft Law on Copyright (pdf format) (2MB),
> http://www.eifl.net/system/files/201411/eifl_draft_law_2014.pdf
> Thank you.
> Teresa
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