Librarians, archivists: why an international solution is needed for copyright exceptions

(6 May 2014) Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization copyright committee ended without agreement on the conclusions of the meeting or its future work, to the dismay of librarians and archivists associations. During the week, numerous representatives of these communities gave vigorous accounts of why a treaty is vital to grant them exceptions to copyright.

The Intellectual Property Watch website summarises why the exceptions for libraries are important under the headings: parallel importations, cross-border uses, limitations on liability for libraries and archives, technological protection measures, publishers warn of collusion with Marrakesh Treaty.

Read the Intellectual Property Watch story.