Japan passes new copyright law to criminalize manga piracy

(9 Jun 2020) Japan has just passed a new law that criminalizes manga piracy and also to the websites that link to it. The parliament passed new copyright amendments last Friday that ban the unlicensed downloading of manga, magazines and academic texts from the Internet. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2021. The […]

June 17, 2020 - 8:54 am

New Zealand: concerns over the implementation of Marrakesh Treaty

(6 Jan 2020)  The Marrakesh Treaty, which allows easier access to materials for visually impaired, lets more people legally convert books into accessible formats, and allows all signatory countries to freely share copy. The Treaty is effective recently in New Zealand, but concerns are made by various parties. RNZ has the full report here.

January 8, 2020 - 9:39 am

WIPO launches new publication series with leading judgments on intellectual property rights; China is first contributor

(21 Nov 2019) The World Intellectual Property Organization has published the first edition in a new publication series collecting landmark intellectual property (IP) judgments from some of the most dynamic litigation jurisdictions around the world. The “WIPO Collection of Leading Judgments on Intellectual Property” series aims to illustrate IP adjudication approaches and trends, by jurisdiction […]

November 25, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Vietnam joins the Hague Agreement and prepares to amend its IP Law

(3 Oct 2019) On October 1, 2019, Vietnam filed an instrument of accession to join the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Geneva Act of July 2, 1999). The Hague Agreement will officially take effect in Vietnam on January 1, 2020, three months after the filing date of the instrument. Certain provisions of […]

October 21, 2019 - 8:55 am

An Alternative route: cooperation leads to better conditions for Australian libraries

(14 Oct 2019) A lot of advocacy work focuses on trying to change laws in order to improve the situation for libraries. However, there can be alternatives to legal reform as a recent example from Australia shows. IFLA interviewed Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association to find out more. Fulltext can be […]

October 15, 2019 - 8:42 am

Thousands of copyrighted articles are still being uploaded on ResearchGate, reveals a recent report

(1 Jul 2019)  ResearchGate continues to provide access to thousands of copyrighted articles, revealed a recent report by the Coalition for Responsible Sharing (CfRS). The coalition, which includes publishers such as Wiley and Elsevier, was formed in 2017 to tackle the surge of copyrighted articles being uploaded on the academic networking platform ResearchGate. More details can be […]

July 4, 2019 - 8:44 am

New CC Search offers one-stop access to 300 million images

(2 May 2019)  A new CC Search front end debuts this week. Developed by Creative Commons and a community of volunteer developers, the tool allows users to find and use some 300 million images from openly licensed and public domain works. The search function provides a single place to look for images from 19 collections, including Flickr (which is currently the source […]

May 5, 2019 - 1:57 pm

A Solid start: Asia-Pacific government representatives stress need for international action for libraries at Singapore workshop

(1 May 2019) The first of three WIPO regional workshops focusing on the copyright needs of libraries, as well as archives, museums, education and research, took place in Singapore on 29-30 April. The meeting saw broad consensus that business-as-usual was not an option, and international action was necessary. IFLA has the full story.  

May 3, 2019 - 8:39 am

China holds event commemorating World Book and Copyright Day

(23 Apr 2019)  An event commemorating the 24th World Book and Copyright Day was held in the National Library of China (NLC) Tuesday. The event was jointly held by the NLC, the Library Society of China (LSC) and, a news reading platform, as well as the national library circle, according to an NLC statement. More […]

April 29, 2019 - 9:08 am

Copyright in the Asia-Pacific Region: the right rules for libraries?

(27 Apr 2019)  The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is organising three regional seminars to understand how far copyright rules meet the needs of libraries around the world. The first one starts on Monday in Singapore, looking at the Asia-Pacific. IFLA will be there. Copyright is crucial to the work of libraries, as it shapes the […]

April 29, 2019 - 8:53 am

Celebrating World Copyright Day: 8 resources to help you navigate copyright

(22 Apr 2019)  World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event to promote reading, publishing and copyright, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Since 1995, the 23rd of April has been a day to celebrate content creators and the laws that protect their works. To help you and your fellow employees better understand copyright, CCC’ve comprised a list […]

April 24, 2019 - 8:54 am

Blockchain technology may lead to true ebook ownership

(21 Apr 2019)  The vast majority of publishers use DRM to encrypt their ebooks and some retailers like Amazon have their own formats. Publishers have mandated that when you purchase an ebook, you are merely licensing it. There is no true sense of ownership. This has led to a crisis in confidence in the digital format because ebook […]

April 23, 2019 - 8:27 am

French ISPs ordered to block Sci-Hub and LibGen

(31 Mar 2019)  The High Court of Paris has ordered several of the largest French ISPs to block access to the pirate libraries LibGen and Sci-Hub. The decision is a setback for the sites that have come under increasing pressure, but Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan believes that determined researchers are smart enough to find an alternative […]

April 8, 2019 - 3:08 pm

EU Copyright Directive adopted: the fight for libraries and freedom of speech passes to the national level

(26 March 2019) Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament adopted the Copyright Directive by a significantly reduced margin compared to previous votes. It will now be for libraries at the national level to make the most of new possibilities, while continuing the fight for freedom of expression. The digital age has brought a rapid […]

March 28, 2019 - 9:48 am

Laos copyright law: EIFL review, recommendations

(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 […]

March 22, 2019 - 8:42 am