June 22, 2021

IFLA Issues Statement Re: Copyright Reform in Mexico

Here’s the Full Text of a Statement Released Today by Gerald Leitner, Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations:

2018-05-04_09-44-43On behalf of libraries and their users in Mexico and around the world, I am concerned to hear about a reform recently voted in the Mexican Senate. The law in question would allow for articles, videos and other works to be taken offline or removed from public access on the mere suspicion of copyright infringement.

The proposed provisions, themselves agreed without serious debate, appear to be disproportionate and unnecessarily restrictive of the fundamental human rights of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression. Websites and others which host content – including libraries – may not only be forced to remove materials, but may even see their own equipment – servers, photocopiers and others – seized, without firm evidence.

In endorsing the Manila Principles, IFLA underlined its opposition to restrictions on content that are not transparent, do not follow due process, and do not give platforms and producers the right of reply. The Mexican proposals would do none of these things, and would all too easily lead to legitimate articles, videos, and other works being removed.

Libraries respect copyright, and the fact that those who create works need to have the opportunity to earn a living from them. The Mexican proposals will harm creativity and the institutions and platforms that encourage it. I call on the government and parliament to halt these changes at least until adequate consultation occurs regarding the impact of the proposed changes.

Gerald Leitner
IFLA Secretary General

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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