November 29, 2015

Report and Documents: WIPO Copyright Committee Meeting Opens in Geneva

The 24th meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) opened today in Geneva.

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) has posted a brief introduction about the meetings and the first day of discussions.

During the next ten day, the 185 WIPO Member States will discuss copyright flexibilities for visually impaired and print disabled people, for libraries and archives and for education and research.


The first day started discussing copyright flexibilities for education. Winston Tabb, Head of the IFLA and library delegation, stressed in his statement to the committee that “education and libraries go hand in hand. An excellent education service depends on good libraries.”


With regard to the discussions on the visually impaired and print disabled people and on libraries and archives, Winston Tabb urged the committee “to move forward expeditiously to recommend a diplomatic conference on the treaty for visually impaired and print disabled people, as well as on the proposals made by Member States concerning libraries and archives and education in the order of their maturity”.

Primary Document: Full Text of IFLA’s Opening Statement (1 page; PDF)

Primary Document: Statement on Education (3 pages; PDF)
Along with IFLA, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and the Canadian Library Association (CLA) are listed on this joint intervention.

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