The 27th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which sets international copyright law, is meeting in Geneva from 28 April - 2 May 2014.
EIFL is represented by Barbara Szczepanska, Poznan Foundation of Scientific Libraries and Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Programme Manager, who will join an international team of librarians and archivists.
WIPO Member States will spend two days discussing exceptions and limitations starting with proposals for an international instrument on libraries and archives.
Important topics to be considered at this session include parallel importation (the right to purchase books from abroad), cross-border uses (such as international inter-library document supply), orphan works (where a rightsholder cannot be found), safeguarding exceptions and limitations from contract provisions.
For a full list of topics, see the Working Document on libraries and archives.
In addition, EIFL will participate in two panel discussions.
On Tuesday 29th April 2014, Teresa will take part in a lunchtime session convened by Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) on “The Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries: Is it Time for an Update?”
On Friday 2nd May 2014, Barbara will participate in “Information Without Borders: a global library and archive ecosystem.” a side event hosted by IFLA that will look at ways in which libraries and archives collaborate on research activities, digitization initiatives and preservation projects, and the copyright and licensing challenges they face.
EIFL looks forward to discussions with Member States during the week, and to working with international library and archive colleagues and the NGO community, in pursuit of a better copyright system for all.
Keep up to date during the session
Follow updates and statements from all the library and archive delegations here.
Follow on Twitter using the hashtag #SCCR27.
Read “Copyright is for Everyone” on why the negotiations at SCCR are important.
Read EIFL librarians voice their hopes and ideas for copyright to mark World IP Day 2014 to hear solutions and ideas from EIFL-partner library consortia.