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Libraries, archives’ role in making orphan works accessible up for debate at WIPO

Discussion of the internationalization of copyright limitations and exceptions, such as expanded exceptions to copyright for libraries, educational institutions, and people with disabilities, continue this week at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Discussions of access provisions in international copyright have been ongoing since 2004 and have, so […]

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WIPO to discuss library and archive copyright provisions

Some interesting proposals will soon be under discussion at the World Intellectual Property Organization that could free libraries, archives, educational and research institutions, and people with disabilities from copyright provisions that hamper their ability to make use of copyright works. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s committee on copyright meets this upcoming June 29 to July […]

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Little Progress at SCCR

There was again no real progress after another effort to concretize the future work of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The inability to arrive at any conclusions was due to tension between the positions of developing and developed nations. The 27th meeting of the SCCR took […]

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Libraries Decry Digital Locks

A meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organization last week on a possible international treaty or international instrument that would enable libraries and archives to better preserve cultural heritage and better enable access to information by people around the world ended in stalemate. This outcome was unfortunate for developing countries as well as library and […]

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Public Knowledge and the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

As the year begins to come to a close, the newest session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and related rights has been convened in Geneva, Switzerland.  Previously, in posts from earlier this year it was noted that during this session the SCCR plans to examine working documents for treaties such as a treaties for […]

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