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Nine EIFL partner countries feature in the 2012 Consumers International (CI) IP Watchlist Report, with four reports prepared by EIFL-IP librarians and colleagues.
The 2012 IP Watchlist, the fourth annual rating of national IP law shows "entrenched anti-consumer bias" and calls on copyright holders and legislators to work with consumers - not against them - to avoid future mass protests over the right to access the internet. CI believes that the realities of consumer activity in the digital age mean that copyright has become a mainstream consumer policy issue, and that protests against EU and US laws that further restrict the public's use of digital content could have been avoided if consumer rights organisations and open access groups had been appropriately consulted.
The 2012 IP Watchlist survey includes a question on the access and use of materials by libraries, and added a new question on whether libraries are required to pay public lending rights fees (PLR).
The EIFL partner countries featured in the 2012 report are Armenia, Belarus, Cameroon, China (PRC), Egypt, Malawi, Thailand, Slovenia, Ukraine. Thanks to colleagues for contributing to the report.