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International Copyright & IP

ARL, as a member of the Library Copyright Alliance, engages on a number of international copyright and intellectual property issues. LCA focuses on several World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties, Trans-Pacific Partnerships, Free Trade Area of the Americas, and more. In addition, ARL monitors Canadian copyright issues via the activities of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).

Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) is a coalition of major library associations that addresses copyright issues that affect libraries and their patrons. The purpose of the LCA is to work toward a unified voice and common strategy for the library community in responding to and developing proposals to amend national and international copyright law and policy for the digital environment. The LCA's mission is to foster global access and fair use of information for creativity, research, and education.  

In addition, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) attends annual World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meetings to help shape the international discussion on intellectual property issues. WIPO is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. Comments submitted by LCA to WIPO can be found here: http://www.librarycopyrightalliance.org/submissions/international/wipo.shtml.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement, which was signed by the United States and eight other negotiating parties on October 1, 2011. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines, and copyright infringement on the Internet. The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA)--of which ARL is a member--has focused its attention on protecting the fundamental balance in copyright law and the broader community in having equitable access to knowledge and cultural expression.


Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is the leadership organization for the Canadian research library community. As an organization incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, CARL coordinates the joint initiatives of our members and advances their causes to achieve excellence in Canadian research and higher education. The Association's members are the 29 major academic research libraries across Canada together with two national memory organizations. 

More information on CARL can be found on their website: http://carl-abrc.ca/en/about-carl.html.

Additional Resources

WIPO Homepage

WIPO Copyright Treaty

Agreed Statements Concerning the WIPO Copyright Treaty

Joint Letter to Daniel Tarullo regarding WIPO Treaty Negotiations (PDF)

Library Association Comments in Joint Letter to Carmen Guzman Lowrey (PDF)

Library Community Endorses Related Principles for the International Development Agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organization, January 28, 2005



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