(14 March 2019) Libraries rely on copyright exceptions and limitations to allow everyday uses of copyright-protected materials, for example, to provide a researcher with a copy of a journal article, to make an accessible format copy for a blind student, or to make a preservation copy.
For this reason, many copyright laws include specific exceptions for libraries to enable such activities. In cases where the law does not provide a specific provision, libraries have to turn to other provisions, such as exceptions for quotation and teaching (if present), to see if they fit library activities.
But these other possible exceptions may not be suitable for library activities. Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole doesn’t always work – that is the finding of EIFL’s review of the updated copyright law in Laos.
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