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27 Apr 2015
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
Local users and global resources Digital technologies have changed libraries, access to information, and indeed the world. The information landscape has been revolutionized, especially for academic and scholarly resources in university libraries. The library is no longer confined to a physical (...)
12 Mar 2015
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
On 11 March 2015, the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights presented her report ‘Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture’ at the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The thematic report examines copyright law and policy from the standpoint (...)
A banner saying "Now is the time to fix Copyright"
19 Jan 2015
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
“Copyright divide in numbers”, the graph on the first page of the newly launched ‘The Copyright Manifesto. How the European Union should Support Innovation and Creativity through Copyright Reform’ tells a story. In an illustration of the results of the European Union’s (EU) 2014 consultation on (...)
The EIFL team at SCCR/29: Barbara Szczepanska from Poland, Hasmik Galystan from Armenia, Teresa Hackett, EIFL Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager.
19 Dec 2014
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
We really didn’t know what to expect from the last WIPO meeting of 2014. Two previous sessions of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) had failed to reach agreement on its work, mainly due to opposition from the European Union and other high-income countries to the (...)
23 Oct 2014
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
In many countries, textbooks on particular areas of law such as criminal, constitutional or contract law become classics that are widely regarded by policy makers, lawyers and scholars alike as the authoritative source of information and opinion on the subject. In Poland, the most prestigious work (...)
Opening of 2014 WIPO Assemblies © WIPO 2014. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod
22 Oct 2014
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
In retrospect the clouds hovering above the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva look ominous (see photo for our news item on the 2014 WIPO General Assemblies). EIFL was participating in the General Assemblies, WIPO’s main policy and decision-making bodies that took place from (...)
08 Sep 2014
Posted by Teresa Hackett, Copyright and Libraries Programme Manager
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), short courses that are delivered online for free, are said to be taking the academic world by storm. Thousands of courses in many languages are on offer from top universities all over the world. One such offering is Copyright for Educators & Librarians, (...)