E-Book Markets: Letter to the Chair of the Education Committee

We wrote to the Chair of the Education Committee, Robin Walker MP, on 23 November, 2022, to express our concern about the state of the e-Book market in the UK: Robin Walker, MP Dear Mr Walker, Congratulations on your appointment as Chair of the Education Committee. I am writing on the issue of poorly functioning …

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LACA priority areas

Matt Greenhall, Deputy Executive Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and member of LACA, and Fred Saunderson, Rights and Information Manager at National Library of Scotland and Chair of LACA, introduce LACA’s current priorities and new working group structure Providing a voice to the community LACA represents a broad cross-section of the library, information, and …

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Copyright, closure of library and archive premises, and access to collections

Library and archive premises across the UK have been closed for months, significantly restricting user access to physical collection materials and onsite services. Even as the country comes out of the Covid-19 lockdown, access limitations are likely to remain for some time. For example, it is likely that library and archive spaces will have capacity …

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Copyright and enabling remote learning and research during the Covid-19 crisis

Together with RLUK, SCONUL, Libraries Connected, SCURL, CILIP, and UCL Library Services, we have written to the Secretaries of State for Education and Digital, Culture, Media and SPort with an urgent request to facilitate greater copying under copyright law during the Covid-19 crisis. Rt Hon. Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon. Oliver …

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Orphan works exception and a no-deal Brexit: statement on impact and alternatives

A statement on the removal of the EU orphan works exception in the case of a no-deal Brexit, with an overview of alternatives if the exception is lost. The UK Government previously announced that if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, the EU orphan works exception to copyright will be removed from …

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The Right to Read is the Right To Mine: But Not When Blocked by Technical Protection Measures

Tell us and LIBER if you have been blocked from access to electronic content in the context of data mining. This article is an adaptation of a post by LIBER’s Copyright & Legal Matters Working Group, licensed by LIBER under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. LACA is working with LIBER’s Copyright & Legal …

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Digital Single Market Directive on its final lap

An overview of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market and what it means for libraries, archives, and research. This post is an adaptation of a post by Barbara Stratton, LACA Vice-Chair and International Spokesperson, for EBLIDA, the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations. On 26th March 2019, the European Parliament …

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Review of 2014 copyright changes: guide for libraries and archives

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is conducting a post-implementation review (PIR) of the 2014 changes to copyright law, and has published a call for evidence, which closes on 10 April 2019. This guidance from LACA provides support to libraries and archives in responding to this call. The …

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Orphan works exception: use it or lose it

(October 2018) As a likely consequence of the UK leaving the EU, the UK is at risk of losing a hugely beneficial “exception to copyright” that allows cultural organisations to digitise and make available online “orphan works” from their collections – works whose copyright owner(s) are unknown or uncontactable. The Government has said that in …

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