International advocacy 2014-2015

Advocacy in relation to international copyright policy and the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights.

Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty 

(February 2014)

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities 2013 is an internationally binding UN/WIPO treaty aimed at ending the ‘book famine’ that deprives visually impaired people access to culture and education.

In a letter to Lord Younger, then Minister for Intellectual Property, LACA addressed the signing and ratification of the Treaty by member States and the EU.

(November 2015)

In November 2015 LACA wrote to Dr Ross Lynch, Copyright and IP Enforcement Director at the IPO, to ask for an update on the current status of ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and for confirmation of the UK’s position.  A reply was received in December, which reassured LACA that the Government remains a keen supporter of the Treaty.

Copyright policy in the context of cultural rights

In March 2015 the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights presents a report to the 28th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva regarding copyright policy in the context of cultural rights. The international library and archive community welcomed the report that examines copyright from a critical but often neglected perspective: the human dimension. 

LACA was signatory to a statement supporting this view.

Break down of copyright talks at WIPO

Discussions by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) broke down on 3 May 2014, after the European Union attempted to block future discussion of copyright laws to aid libraries and archives fulfill their missions in the digital environment.  More on the IFLA website.

CILIP joined up to a media release in response to this. Read the media release and additional quotes.

LACA also wrote to Lord Younger regarding the break down of talks.