[A2k] Laos copyright law: EIFL review and recommendations

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Fri Mar 15 05:23:05 PDT 2019

In a review of Laos’ updated copyright law, EIFL recommends the
introduction of a new robust exception to support library activities and

Libraries rely on copyright exceptions and limitations to allow everyday
uses of copyright-protected materials, for example, to provide a researcher
with a copy of a journal article, to make an accessible format copy for a
blind student, or to make a preservation copy.

For this reason, many copyright laws include specific exceptions for
libraries to enable such activities. In cases where the law does not
provide a specific provision, libraries have to turn to other provisions,
such as exceptions for quotation and teaching (if present), to see if they
fit library activities.

But these other possible exceptions may not be suitable for library
activities. Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole doesn’t always
work - that is the finding of EIFL’s review of the updated copyright law in

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Best wishes

Teresa Hackett
Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
EIFL - Electronic Information for Libraries - www.eifl.net

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