May 19, 2022

IP: Broadcasting Treaty Moving At WIPO; Library Copyright Exceptions Slower (SCCR 26)

From IP Watch:

During the discussions on exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, some developing countries drew a link between the recently adopted Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, and the current discussion on further limitations and exceptions. Developing countries are in favour of an international legal instrument to provide exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives.


On 18-19 December, delegates worked from a Working Document [pdf] Containing Comments on and Textual Suggestions Towards an Appropriate International Legal Instrument (in whatever form) on Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives.


On library lending, Ecuador said such lending is at the core of their activities, but in many countries, such as in Latin America, national copyright laws do not include exceptions for libraries, so that libraries are acting illegally when they are lending works to their users. This justifies the need for an international standard, he said. Guatemala said it provides an exception for libraries. Brazil associated itself with Ecuador. Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay have a joint proposal on library lending in the working document.

The complete article also contains several paragraphs about discussions at the meeting re: copyright exceptions/limitations for education, research, and persons with other disabilities [e.g deafness].

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