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The eIFL Handbook on Copyright and Related Issues for Libraries

The eIFL Handbook on Copyright and Related Issues for Libraries has recently been launched. Sponsored by the UNESCO Information for All Programme, this is a practical guide to topical legal questions affecting the information work of libraries in the fast moving digital environment. Each topic is described briefly, the main policy aspects for libraries are outlined, and there are links to library policy statements for further reading. The topics are

  • the Relationship between Copyright and Contract Law: Electronic Resources and Library Consortia;
  • Technological Protection Measures - the "triple lock";
  • Copyright, the Duration of Protection and the Public Domain;
  • Orphaned works;
  • Collective Rights Management;
  • Public lending right;
  • the Database Right - Europe's Experiment;
  • Creative Commons: an "open content" licence;
  • Open Access to Scholarly Communications;
  • Copyright and Trade Agreements;
  • International Policy Making: a Development Agenda for WIPO;
  • National Policy Making: Advocating for Fair Copyright Laws.

The complete Handbook, as well as the individual topics, are available for download on the eIFL website: http://www.eifl.net/services/handbook.htm

Please re-use and translate any topics in the Handbook, for example, you could use the information for presentations at events or as a base for a position statement.

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Highly respected Viktor Andriyovich! Ukrainian Association of book publishers and distributors addresses you with a question that needs your immediate personal intervention, because, as the experience shows, this problem can totally overcome your Decree About some measures for development of book publishing business in Ukraine (March 21, 2006) and lead to a serious crisis in one of the branches of publishing business book trade, which is in very critical condition already.

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