[A2k] EIFL presents library treaty overview at WIPO

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Dec 1 12:37:35 PST 2011


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EIFL presents library treaty overview at WIPO
Published:
29 Nov 2011

EIFL delegation at WIPO SCCR/23 (from left to right) Barbara
Szczepańska, Poznan Foundation of Scientific Libraries, Poland, Teresa
Hackett, Program Manager EIFL-IP and Awa Cissé, Consortium des
Bibliothèques de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS) EIFL
delegation at WIPO SCCR/23 (from left to right) Barbara Szczepańska,
Poznan Foundation of Scientific Libraries, Poland, Teresa Hackett,
Program Manager EIFL-IP and Awa Cissé, Consortium des Bibliothèques de
l’Enseignement Supérieur du Sénégal (COBESS)

At SCCR/23 during the special three day session on libraries and
archives, Brazil invited libraries to elaborate further on the library
treaty proposal referred to in the background paper submitted by
Brazil on the case for a treaty on exceptions and limitations for
libraries and archives (prepared by EIFL, IFLA, ICA and Innovarte).

The library response was in three parts. Ingrid Parent, IFLA President
highlighted the importance of an updated copyright framework for
libraries in the digital age. Then Winston Tabb put the library treaty
proposal into context since 2004 when several Latin American countries
first introduced limitations and exceptions as part of the focus on
SCCR's work.

Teresa Hackett, EIFL outlined the substance of the library treaty
proposal and provided an overview of its key characteristics. It sets
a framework to ensure that libraries have the legal means to function
properly in the analogue and digital environments while at the same
time, it allows for a flexible implementation that recognises that
countries are at different stages of economic development, and that
national cultures and priorities differ. (The development dimension is
especially important for EIFL).

Setting out its relationship with other international copyright
treaties, Hackett stressed that the provisions apply to specific
library activities in pursuit of public policy objectives. She also
highlighted the boundaries of the proposal to try to ensure that
authors' rights are safeguarded and dealt with in a fair way because
libraries respect authors' rights and we seek to ensure a fair balance
between the rights of authors and the public interest. She briefly
described the areas covered in the proposal and provided detail on two
topics by way of example, preservation and inter-library document
supply. The library delegation then responded to questions from Member
States including orphan works and contracts. Read the full
intervention.

During the session, Member States identified ten work clusters for
further consideration. The WIPO Secretariat is compiling the proposals
and comments by Member States into a single document that we hope will
be taken forward to SCCR/24 in 2012. The work clusters are:

    * Preservation
    * Right of reproduction and supply of copies
    * Legal deposit (proposed by the United States)
    * Library lending
    * Parallel importation
    * Cross-border uses
    * Orphan works, retracted and withdrawn works
    * Liability of libraries and archives
    * Technological measures of protection
    * Contracts

EIFL is pleased at the progress that has been made at SCCR/23 and the
positive engagement shown by Member States. EIFL will be present on
the last day of the session to ensure that the conclusions reflect the
discussion and outcomes, and we have a roadmap to continue the work.

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Manon Anne Ress
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