EIFL, library organisations call on governments to protect copyright limitations and exceptions

Call document, Licence Paralysis – Protect Copyright, calls for protection of exceptions and limitations in copyright law

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Position paper & statement
DATE:
May 2015
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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In 2015, EIFL joined with international and European library organizations – IFLA, LIBER and EBLIDA – to call on governments worldwide to protect library limitations and exceptions in copyright law. The call document, titled ‘Licence Paralysis – Protect Copyright’ sets out the key copyright and licensing issues from a library point of view.

Libraries understand that licences are part of the modern information infrastructure that enables the use and re-use of copyrighted content. Libraries support open content licences that provide open access to scholarly and other materials. However, when licences take away freedoms granted to libraries in national copyright law, or demand extra payment for these uses, licences undermine copyright law and restrict creativity and innovation.