November 28, 2020

Conclusions of 23rd Session of WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

From a Conclusions Document Posted on Knowledge Ecology International:

Limitations and Exceptions: Libraries and archives

1. The Committee took note of three new documents, namely “the Case for a Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives: Background Paper by IFLA, ICA, EIFL and INNOVARTE, presented by Brazil (document SCCR/23/3); “Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives,” presented by the United States of America (document SCCR/23/4); and the “Proposal on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries And Archives,” presented by Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay (document SCCR/23/5).

[Links to the documents mentioned above here and here.]

2. Delegations identified 11 common topics for discussion, namely: 1) preservation, 2) right of reproduction and safeguarding copies, 3) legal deposit, 4) library lending, 5) parallel importations, 6) cross-border uses, 7) orphan works, retracted and withdrawn works, and works out of commerce, 8) limitations on liability of libraries and archives, 9) technological measures of protection, 10) contracts, 11) right to translate works.

3.  A compilation of the comments made by the delegations on the above topics, as well as the provisions on libraries and archives of the Draft WIPO Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for the Persons with Disabilities, Educational and Research Institutions, Libraries and Archives, proposal by the African Group (document SCCR/22/12), and of the above documents SCCR/23/4 and SCCR/23/5; was prepared by the Secretariat.

legations on the above topics, as well as the provisions on libraries and archives of the Draft WIPO Treaty on Exceptions and Limitations for the Persons with Disabilities, Educational and Research Institutions, Libraries and Archives, proposal by the African Group (document SCCR/22/12), and of the above documents SCCR/23/4 and SCCR/23/5; was prepared by the Secretariat.

4. This compilation, including any further legal, textual or other comment or correction, on any of the above 11 topics sent by delegations to the WIPO Secretariat by February 29, 2012, will constitute a Committee document titled “Provisional working document containing comments on and textual suggestions towards an appropriate international legal instrument (in whatever form) on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives,” identified as document SCCR/23/8 Prov. This document will constitute the basis for the future text-based work on the matter to be undertaken by the Committee in its 24th session.

Read the remainder of the conclusions document with info about:

  • Limitations and Exceptions: visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities
  • Protection of Broadcasting Organizations
  • Other Info

The 24th session of the SCCR will take place in July 2012, after the Diplomatic Conference on Audiovisual Performances. The dates will be announced by the Secretariat in due course.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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