On the 1st June 2014, new amendments to the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 came into force. Hailed by the library community as a breakthrough in copyright law reform, the changes will enable UK librarians in the cultural heritage and educational sectors to provide reasonable access to important works from their collections without risk of infringement.
Important changes include:
- enabling digital preservation of sound and film recordings to prevent the loss of unique and culturally valuable materials;
- extending ‘fair dealing’ to cover all types of in-copyright works (not only text based works);
- introducing a new exception for text and data mining to boost non-commercial research in the era of "big data";
- protecting copyright exceptions in contracts for e-resources, vital in the digital age.
The reforms are significant to libraries in EIFL-partner countries because:
- the issues are applicable to libraries everywhere;
- the UK library community has valuable lessons to share in successful advocacy;
- third countries wishing to implement similar provisions can be assured that they comply with international and European law.
- the influence of UK copyright law extends beyond its borders through bi-lateral trade agreements with chapters on intellectual property.
- the provisions may be easily adapted to the copyright law in common law countries.
What will the webinar cover?
Benjamin White (Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library) will provide an overview of the major changes applicable to libraries in the recent amendments to UK copyright law, as well as to issues that remain outstanding.
He will discuss the library campaign that led to the changes, lessons learnt and how libraries in EIFL-partner countries might benefit from the experience.
After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session.
Date: Friday, 4 July 2014
Time: 10.00 UTC/GMT+1, 11.00 CEST for one hour. Check the time in your country by going here and comparing UTC or CEST with your city/country time.
Who can participate: Everyone is welcome, but priority will be given to librarians from EIFL-partner countries if the event is over-subscribed.
How to register: Please email teresa.hackett [at] eifl.net with the following details:
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