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  • Issue Brief - International Copyright: Why It Matters to Libraries, October 12, 2009
    Libraries share a unique social responsibility for preservation of and access to the world’s intellectual heritage, they have an interest in promoting copyright laws that provide the broadest possible use of information for creativity, research and education. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) is working to address an increasing number of international legal and policy issues that affect libraries and the public, because of the many unresolved aspects of intellectual property rights in information in the digital age. Read Issue Brief [PDF]

  • Issue Brief for Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired, and Other Reading Disabled Persons, October 12, 2009
    A proposed WIPO Treaty is aimed at providing a minimum standard for copyright laws internationally to ensure full and equal access to information for blind and other reading disabled persons. Copyright laws worldwide need to be changed to allow for full and equal access to copyrighted works. This means greater flexibility for creating affordable accessible works at the same time as publication in standard formats, and for import and export of accessible works. Read Issue Brief [PDF]

  • Issue Brief for Concerns Regarding Traditional Cultural Expression, July 22, 2009
    The Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) on Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore is another focal point of the World Intellectual Property Organization. The IGC is charged with studying the policy positions of legal management and protection of certain cultural works created by indigenous communities. Should copyright law (or something like it) be used to protect these works? How does this policy discussion affect libraries, museums and archives? Learn more by reading Janice Pilch’s detailed summary [PDF].

  • Issue brief for the WIPO Development Agenda, June 17, 2009
    The WIPO Development Agenda is a set of 45 recommendations adopted on September 28, 2007 by the WIPO General Assembly, aimed to address the interests and needs of developing and least developed countries within the international intellectual property system. It originated in an effort to ensure that intellectual property law and policy continue to serve the public good by encouraging and rewarding innovation and creativity in a balanced and effective manner in all parts of the world, and that intellectual property serve all sectors of society. The WIPO Development Agenda is viewed by many as being a major historical shift in the direction of WIPO, because it will address the knowledge gap and the digital divide that separate wealthy nations from poor nations. Read Issue Brief [PDF]