Copyright reform in Poland: libraries are prepared

When the copyright law in Poland came under review in 2012, libraries had to be part of the discussions not only to ensure that the current state-of-the-art is preserved, but also so that the existing provisions are updated for the digital environment. The results of a project led by Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska, supported by EIFL-IP, are described in a case study and illustrated in a project poster.

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Case Study
DATE:
March 2013
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For more information, please contact the Project Manager, Barbara Szczepanska

In 2012, following the declaration that Poland would not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the Prime Minister, Mr. Donald Tusk promised to continue the debate on digital freedoms. Consequently, the Ministry of Administration & Digital Affairs announced the formation of five task forces to work on legislative reforms essential for the growth of a robust digital society in Poland, such as rights for Internet users and privacy issues.

Libraries must be part of these discussions not only to ensure that the current state-of-the-art is preserved, but also that the existing provisions are updated for the digital environment so that libraries in Poland can fulfil their responsibilities. As a result librarians, led by project partner the Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska, were invited for the first time to participate in high-level discussions on copyright, becoming recognized as important stakeholders in a national reform process.

The project results are described in a case study and illustrated in a project poster, one of eight EIFL-IP funded projects in 2013 for advocacy campaigns in support of copyright law reform in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Project Manager, Barbara Szczepanska in front of poster of case study
Project Manager, Barbara Szczepanska, displays her project achievements at the 2013 General Assembly in Istanbul.