December 1, 2015

WIPO Meeting: European Versus American Interpretations of Orphan Works

UPDATE: WIPO: Great progress at library days (via IFLA; November 24, 2011)

From the Knowledge Economy Blog:

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is now discussing the topic of orphan works in deliberations on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The US has a broader view of what constitutes an orphan work compared with the European Union. Here are the interventions of both the US and EU taken from the WIPO lives stream for comparison.

Read the Full Text of the Documents on Knowledge Economy

Two Additional Documents from WIPO Meeting

The Case for a Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (6 pages; PDF)
Background Paper by IFLA, ICA, EIFL and INNOVARTE
Presented by Brazil

Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (6 pages; PDF)
Document Presented by the United States

Additional Documents and Materials

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Third Session Homepage and Meeting Schedule

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