May 28, 2022

WIPO: International Negotiations on Copyright Exceptions for Libraries and Archives Underway in Geneva

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) began discussing copyright exceptions for libraries and archives during negotiations that began today at WIPO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

The negotiations will continue for two more days (Dec. 19th and Dec. 20th).

The library and archives community are being represented by:

  • IFLA
  • EIFL
  • Scottish Council on Archives (SCA)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • Karisma Foundation (Colombia)
  • International Council of Archives (ICA)
  • Canadian Library Association

Statements and Reports

  • Manon Ress  from Knowledge Economy International has posted the statements from of the several organizations listed above in this KEI roundup.

Live and On-Demand Video Streams

A live stream of the negotiations is available. Head to this page and use the event password: sccr26.

Geneva is GMT+1 

This page also provides access to a live stream as well as on-demand recordings of each session.

Updates From Knowledge Economy International

UPDATE: Final conclusions, as approved, for meeting of WIPO SCCR 26 (via KEI)

UPDATE: SCCR 26 Proposed conclusions at a glance (via KEI)

UPDATE: Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26 (via KEI)

UPDATE: KEI Statement at WIPO SCCR 26 on Limitations and Exceptions for education, research & persons with other disabilities (via KEI)

UPADTE: US Intervention on Exceptions and Limitations for Educational Activities (via KEI)

UPDATE: SCCR 26 Discussions regarding education & persons with other disabilities (via KEI)

UDPATE: SCCR 26 Topic #4: Library Lending (via KEI)

UPDATE: Afternoon Session SCCR 26 Topic #2 Reproduction and safeguarding of copies 26 (via KEI)

UPDATE:  Notes from SCCR 26 December 19, 2013 morning session (via KEI)

UPDATE: US Intervention at WIPO SCCR: Libraries, Archives and Museums (via KEI)

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Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.