WIPO

  • LCA and COSLA Comment on Nov. 23, '12 Draft Text of Print Disabilities Treaty/Instrument
    On January 28, 2013, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), along with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), commented on the November 23, 2012, draft text of an international instrument/treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired person or persons with print disabilities. WIPO's Extraordinary General Assembly, at its meeting in December 2012, authorized an international diplomatic conference in 2013 for the purpose of adopting a treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons. Read Comment

  • LCA Submits Statement to WIPO Regarding Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries
    On July 25, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO regarding copyright exceptions and limitations relating to libraries and archives, specifically their opposition to the proposed text for Article D of SCCR/23/7 regarding the provision of aggregated data to rights holders. LCA argues, in part, that the proposed text would "invite publishers to second-guess the procedures of libraries as authorized entities, to challenge the quality and quantity of the records kept or the appropriateness of transactions, and to threaten litigation when they see an increase." Read Statement

  • LCA Releases Statement at WIPO Copyright Session
    On July 19, 2012, Lori Driscoll, international copyright advocate and librarian, represented the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) at WIPO's 24th Copyright and Related Rights Standing Committee session (SCCR) and gave a statement regarding copyright limitations and exceptions for educational institutions. Read Statement Read ALA Blog

  • LCA Submits Comments to WIPO Concerning Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives
    On July 9, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO regarding copyright exceptions and limitations relating to libraries and archives, and outlining ten specific areas of exception including preservation, library lending, orphan works, and others. Read Comments

  • LCA Submits Reply Comments on 1201 Exemptions
    On February 27, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted reply comments to WIPO regarding renewal of the existing DVD exemption with respect to higher education. In their comments, they argue that the existing formulation of wording provides sufficient flexibility for educators to use film clips effectively and efficiently, and that the exemption should be renewed without change to the language. Read Comments

  • LCA Submits Comments on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives
    On February 14, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO regarding the draft compilation on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The comments focus on the statements attributed to the United States in the “Draft Compilation on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives.” Read Comments

  • LCA Submits Comments on SCCR/23/7
    On February 8, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO on the working document in an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for person with print disabilities (SCCR/23/7). The comments focused on the provision that most directly affects libraries: the definition of an authorized entity. Read Comments

  • LCA Submits Statement to WIPO in Support of Non-Paper
    On June 20, 2011, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted a statement to WIPO in support of the work of the Member States who have met in consultations to create a non-paper acknowledging the importance of an international legal instrument to increase access to information for persons with visual impairment or print disabilities. Read Statement

  • LCA Submits Comments to WIPO on Draft Articles Related to Protecting Traditional Cultural Expressions
    On March 21, 2011, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO in regard to the February 18, 2011, draft articles on protecting traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). Members of LCA believe that the current draft exhibits many of the same problems as earlier drafts, in particular the broad range of expression covered by the draft instrument. Read Comments

  • LCA Submits Comments to WIPO Committee on Protecting Traditional Cultural Expressions
    On July 22, 2010, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO in regard to establishing a WIPO tready to protect traditional cultural expressions (TCEs). Members of LCA believe such a treaty would have a negative impact on the public domain, intellectual freedom, access to information held in library collections, and our ability to meet the educational and research needs of the communities we serve. Read Comments: English Read Comments: Spanish

  • LCA and eIFL Submit Statements to WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property
    On April 26, 2010, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL) submitted statements to WIPO in regard to the Director General's report and the Development Agenda. Read eIFL Statement [PDF] Read LCA Statement [PDF]

  • LCA Submits Comments to WIPO on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons with Disabilities at SCCR 19
    December 17, 2009, Janice Pilch, on behalf of the Library Copyright Alliance, submitted comments to the WIPO standing committee on copyright and related rights in regard to access for the visually impaired and other persons with disabilities. Read Comments [PDF]

  • U.S. Delegation to WIPO Submit Statement on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons with Disabilities at SCCR 19
    December 15, 2009, The U.S. delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization made a statement expressing commitment to balanced international copyright law, including support for limitations and exceptions to copyright law, and its willingness to work with the international copyright community on international norms to ensure improved access to information for the visually impaired around the world. Read Statement

  • LCA Submits Reply Comments on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons with Disabilities
    On December 4, 2009, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) - a coalition made up of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) - joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in submitting reply comments to the Copyright Office on the topic of facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities. Read Reply Comments [PDF]

  • LCA Comments on Facilitating Access to Copyrighted Works for the Blind or Other Persons with Disabilities
    On November 13, 2009, Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) - a coalition made up of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Association of of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) - joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in submitting comments to the Copyright Office on the topic of facilitating access to copyrighted works for the blind or other persons with disabilities. Read Comments [PDF]

  • LCA Submits Statement of Principles to WIPO
    On May 25, 2009, the Library Copyright Association, the Electronic Information for Libraries, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions submitted a Statement of Principles on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives to the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva. Read statement [PDF]

  • Joint Statement by Non-Governmental Civil Society and Technology Organizations to WIPO, November 2008
    Joint Statement of Certain Non-Governmental Civil Society and Technology Organizations on Copyright Limitations and Exception at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, Seventeenth Session (Geneva, November 3-7, 2008) supporting limitations and exceptions to copyright for the benefit of the world’s visually impaired community, for libraries and archives, for education of the world’s citizens, and for the development and delivery of innovative information services across national borders. Read statement [PDF]

  • Joint Statement to WIPO on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, November 2008
    Joint Statement of the Library Copyright Alliance, the International Federation of Library Associations, and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL.net) Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, Seventeenth Session (Geneva, November 3-7, 2008), including recommendations on copyright exceptions for preservation, interlibrary loan, research and education, and provisions for people with disabilities. Read statement [PDF]

  • LCA Statement to WIPO Addressing Digital Preservation and Copyright, September 2008
    Statement of Library Copyright Alliance to the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO (Geneva, September 22-30, 2008) addressing the value of the recent preservation International Workshop on Digital Preservation and Copyright in July and studies commissioned by WIPO on expert studies on limitations and exceptions in the digital environment for the visually impaired, and for libraries and archives; and a study on educational activities including distance education. Read statement [PDF]

  • Joint Statement on Statement to WIPO on Outreach needs of Developing Countries, July 2008
    Joint Statement of International Federation of Library Associations and Library Copyright Alliance to the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property, Second Session (Geneva, 7-11 July 2008) addressing the proposals on public awareness, education, training and outreach needs of developing countries and least developed countries. Read statement [PDF]

  • LCA Statement to WIPO on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building, July 2008
    Statement of Library Copyright Alliance to WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property, Second Session (Geneva, 7-11 July 2008) encouraging Member States to involve the international library community in local efforts at technical assistance and capacity building, which will serve to promote the goals of information access and a balanced approach to intellectual property protection. Read statement [PDF]

  • Joint Comments Provided on the WIPO Development Agenda
    On September 28, 2007, LCA, in collaboration with the International Federation of Library Associations, provided joint comments on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Development Agenda. Reinforcing multiple issues of prime importance to libraries, the comments were distributed in print form as well as provided to WIPO administration for placement in the official meeting records during the September 24 – October 3 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Read Joint Comments [PDF]

  • Joint Paper on the WIPO Development Agenda
    On June 12, 2007, a joint paper from the Library Copyright Alliance, the International Federation of Library Associations, and the Electronic Information for Libraries was distributed setting out the Library position on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Development Agenda. The joint paper, titled "A Development Agenda for WIPO: Why Libraries Care," was distributed to the Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda, Fourth Session, in Geneva from 11-15 June, 2007. Read Joint Paper [PDF]

  • LCA’s Concerns with the WIPO Broadcast Treaty
    In May 2007, during Senate visits, the LCA discussed the U.S. libraries’ position that there is no compelling public policy reason for the broadcast treaty, given the existence of the Rome Convention and the absence of any evidence of harm suffered by broadcasters. Read More [PDF]

  • LCA Makes Statements at WIPO meeting in Geneva
    In February 2007, The Library Copyright Alliance released two statements regarding current the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting of Provisional Committee on the Development Agenda. The February 20, 2007, statement [PDF] addresses four points that relate directly to how WIPO should refine and implement the proposals under consideration for facilitating a development agenda. The February 21, 2007, statement [PDF] speaks specifically about electronic information for libraries and widespread access to the information, and addresses specific sections of various proposals.

  • LCA Requests Hearings on U.S. Government’s Negotiation Position on Broadcast Treaty
    On October 18, 2005, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered letters to Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Patrick Leahy, Representative Howard Berman, and Representative Lamar Smith. The letters request that hearings be held concerning the negotiating position of the U.S. government with respect to the Broadcast Treaty. For several years, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office have been participating in discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concerning a proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. The WIPO General Assembly recently decided to attempt to convene a diplomatic conference to finalize the Broadcast Treaty in late 2006 or early 2007. Read the Berman Letter [PDF], Hatch Letter [PDF], Leahy Letter [PDF], Smith Letter [PDF]