Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives released

Published: 
26 Apr 2011

During the IFLA Presidential meeting “Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge: Action for Europe” that took place in the Hague on 14-15 April 2011, a Draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives was launched. Since 2004, when Chile recommended to the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to undertake a review of the current state of exceptions and limitations, EIFL together with IFLA and other library organisations have been closely following developments.

To examine the issues and what should be done for the benefit of libraries and archives worldwide, EIFL and IFLA convened a meeting at the British Library in April 2009 to develop a set of principles (see here for the Statement of Principles) to help drive discussion on an appropriate instrument to facilitate the mission of libraries throughout the world.

After wide consultation with librarians, representatives of Member States and other knowledgeable individuals, IFLA's working group – chaired by Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP programme manager - has developed a draft Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives. The aim is to assist with further discussion of the issues, and to prepare for focused work on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives scheduled for discussion at SCCR November 2011.