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International Treaties and Trade Agreements

Issue Brief on ACTA

On October 15, 2009, Janice Pilch authored an issue brief on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) – a proposed international agreement aimed at creating a stronger framework for global enforcement of intellectual property rights, with a scope covering counterfeit trademarked goods and infringing copyrighted works – and the concerns for libraries.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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