Advocating for improved copyright laws for libraries | EIFL
"Restrictive copyright laws create legal barriers to accessing resources for education, research and personal development. This can have significant consequences for libraries in developing and transition countries where the ability to produce and use knowledge is a major factor in development. We advocate for fair and balanced copyright laws that support libraries in maximizing access to knowledge in the public interest. In April 2012, the EIFL-IP programme issued a Call for Proposals for copyright law reform advocacy campaigns. Funding was granted to eight projects in Armenia, Estonia, Latvia, Mongolia, Poland, Senegal, Uganda, Uzbekistan. The duration of the grants was from three to ten months. The case studies resulting from the projects reveal impressive first-time achievements that will place libraries in a position of strength for the future including: ✓ a legal analysis of national copyright law undertaken from a library perspective - the basic building block for reform - that delivered concrete recommendations for improvements in several countries; ✓ librarians invited to participate for the first time in current national copyright consultations; ✓ the formation of a Library Copyright Committee, new coalitions or library partnerships; ✓ over 1,100 librarians and policy-makers received training in library copyright issues that led to a new engagement with policy-makers; ✓ national coverage on television, radio and in print gave libraries a visible and vocal presence as 'thought-leaders'; ✓ the first library copyright resources translated and adapted for local law ..."