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EIFL-IP: copyright and libraries
Promoting a fair copyright system
Restrictive copyright laws create legal barriers to accessing resources for education, research and personal development. This can have significant consequences for libraries in developing and transition countries where the ability to produce and use knowledge is a major factor in development.
We advocate for a fair and balanced copyright system that supports libraries in maximizing access to knowledge.
EIFL-IP in action…
Playing a leadership role in promoting national and international copyright law reform. Advocating for improved copyright laws for libraries - results of eight national campaigns.
- Read about our international work for the benefit of libraries, and people with print disabilities.
- Building capacity in the EIFL network through training in advocacy and copyright issues. See EIFL-IP conferences, workshops and webinars.
- Providing valuable resources and expertise. See materials developed by EIFL-IP.
- Empowering librarians to become advocates for access to knowledge for all.
- EIFL-IP in 2012 - EIFL annual report (PDF)
A network in more than 35 partner countries has been built of EIFL-IP librarians, who have been trained in advocacy and copyright issues for libraries. Meet the EIFL-IP network.
In 2012, over 6,000 librarians in EIFL-partner countries received training through the EIFL-IP network.
- The library community in EIFL partner countries is recognized as an important stakeholder by policy-makers, and is invited to take part in national copyright consultations.
- EIFL librarians have experienced international policy-making at the UN World Intellectual Property Organization. Learn about Libraries participating in policy making.
- We develop practical guides and resources on current copyright topics. Check out our latest guides on the European Orphan Works Directive, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, or negotiating with your national Reproduction Rights Organization (RRO), or Copyright for Librarians, the online open curriculum developed with Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society (available in 8 translations). Go to all EIFL-IP resources.
- EIFL has built strong alliances with civil society groups working in the field of access to knowledge.
EIFL-IP Programme Manager: Teresa Hackett, teresa.hackett [at] eifl.net