'Copyright in the Digital Age: Access to Information and Knowledge' is a one-day high-level taking place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The conference has three themes: the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities, the doctrine of fair use, and improving Kyrgyz copyright law for the digital age.
Over 50 people are expected to participate including government ministers, parliamentarians, representatives from Kyrgyzpatent, the State Service of Intellectual Property and Innovation under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as university rectors, international organizations and NGOs.
Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager, will give a presentation on 'The Marrakesh Treaty: 18 months on. Strategies for success and national experiences.' Jonathan Band, Counsel, US Library Copyright Alliance will discuss fair use in common law and civil law systems.
The conference is a kick-off event for 'Right to Read - right to knowledge', a project with partners including the Kyrgyzstan Library Information Consortium (KLIC), public libraries, the Kyrgyz Blind Union and Arte Law Firm. The project is supported by the Soros Foundation – Kyrgyzstan.