Library Copyright Alliance Releases User Guide to Marrakesh Treaty for Blind
image © Dominique ArchambaultOn June 27, a Diplomatic Conference of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held in Marrakesh, Morocco, adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. The Library Copyright Alliance has issued a new “User Guide to the Marrakesh Treaty” (PDF) by Jonathan Band. Read a condensed version of the user guide on the ARL Policy Notes blog.
Library Copyright Alliance Hails WIPO for Landmark Victory for the Blind
image © Dominique ArchambaultThe Library Copyright Alliance applauds the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for finalizing the Treaty for the Blind, a treaty that will allow nations to share or make accessible copies for the print disabled in other countries, who, more often than not, have little access to reading materials. The treaty was signed on June 27 in Morocco.
Library Copyright Alliance Comments on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
image © ed_needs_a_bicycleOn May 10, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments (PDF) on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the European Union (EU). While negotiations are still in their preliminary stages, LCA urges the inclusion of provisions to harmonize public access to the results of government-funded research. LCA also cautions against the inclusion of an intellectual property chapter in the agreement.
Research Library Issues, no. 275 (June 2011): Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
RLI issue 275 includes:
- Report of the Task Force on International Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practices
- White Paper: International Interlibrary Loan
- White Paper: US Law and International Interlibrary Loan
- White Paper: Trends in Licensing
Library Associations Endorse New Agenda for WIPO
The American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association endorsed the Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization (2004).
Letter to Kamil Idris re: World Intellectual Property Organization (Sept. 4, 2003)
Letter from library associations expressing dismay at press reports that the World Intellectual Property Organization may not take up an important recent proposal to hold a conference on open and collaborative models for development of public goods.
Summary of International Copyright and IP Activities
At the urging of the United States, a new "digital agenda" recently has been added to the range of issues under consideration in a long-running series of negotiations convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Currently, the U.S. is pressing for the early conclusion of international agreements on a number of issues as to which the Congress has yet to legislate and the U.S. copyright community remains deeply divided. In the longer term, this effort to shape global intellectual property policy before achieving domestic consensus could have the unintended consequence of jeopardizing both the U.S. leadership role in the field and the interests of U.S. copyright-related industries and institutions.
Letter to Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks re: Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions (Nov. 20, 1996)
Letter to Daniel Tarullo re: concerns regarding the proposed draft treaties under consideration by the World Intellectual Property Organization (W.I.P.O.) (Nov. 19, 1996)