Advocacy in relation to international copyright policy and the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights.
Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities 2013 is an internationally binding UN/WIPO treaty aimed at ending the ‘book famine’ that deprives visually impaired people access to culture and education.
In November LACA wrote to Dr Ross Lynch, Copyright and IP Enforcement Director at the IPO, to ask for an update on the current status of ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and for confirmation of the UK’s position. A reply was received in December, which reassured LACA that the Government remains a keen supporter of the Treaty.
In a letter to Lord Younger, then Minister for Intellectual Property, LACA addressed the signing and ratification of the Treaty by member States and the EU.
Copyright policy in the context of cultural rights
In March 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights presents a report to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding copyright policy in the context of cultural rights. The international library and archive community welcomed the report that examines copyright from a critical but often neglected perspective: the human dimension.
Break down of copyright talks at WIPO
Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down on 3 May, after the European Union attempted to block future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives fulfill their missions in the digital environment. More on the IFLA website.
More than 90 library, archive and research institutions from countries across the European Union and internationally, representing over 650,000 information professionals, have joined together in a letter asking the European Union to engage constructively in discussions on this matter. Read the letter and additional information on the IFLA website.
See also: Letter to Lord Younger from LACA regarding the break down of talks.