2006.08.03 - EIFL Copyright Knowledge Gets A Boost

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August 3, 2006

Knowledge in the eIFL network was boosted when three members, sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI), attended an intensive course in international copyright law at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. From 10-15 July 2006, ten seminars on the most crucial, current copyright issues were presented by internationally renowned scholars and practitioners sharing years of academic and practical experience in the field of international copyright law. Topics included exceptions and limitations, database protection, collective administration of rights, liability, jurisdiction and enforcement, copyright and competition law and copyright and developing nations.

“The opportunity to interact with international experts and the comprehensive course material mean that eIFL will continue to benefit from the shared learning experience long after the course”, said Teresa Hackett, Project Manager eIFL-IP.

Ján Kováčik, Legal Advisor at the Slovak National Library in Slovakia, added “The quality of the teaching meant that complex legal issues were explained clearly and are readily applicable to the work of libraries, for example, the relationship between digital rights management systems (DRM) and exceptions and limitations”.

“IVIR welcomes participants from a range of backgrounds to our International Summer Course. Librarians are concerned with the wider societal interests in copyright. We were delighted that eIFL could offer the perspective of libraries in transition and developing countries in this year’s course”, said P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Professor of copyright law at the University of Amsterdam and co-director of the Institute for Information Law.

Dick Kawooya, eIFL Copyright Expert Uganda summed up, “Copyright is international. The sharing of knowledge knows no borders. In order for librarians to be effective advocates in the networked economy, we must have cutting-edge expertise. The IVIR summer course helped provide that expertise”.

Further information:
Teresa Hackett, Project Manager eIFL-IP
Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL)
c/o ADN Kronos, Piazza Mastai 9
00153 Rome, Italy
Tel: +(39)(06)5807216/17
E-mail: teresa.hackett@eifl.net


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eIFL.net is an international foundation which supports national library consortia in fifty transition and developing countries to negotiate and advocate for the wide availability of electronic resources to education, research and professional communities as well as governmental organisations and civil society. This global network embraces millions of users in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East.

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