Access to Knowledge Coalition launches new website

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From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA):

As part of a global group of organizations committed to promoting access to knowledge within the World Intellectual Property Organization and beyond, IFLA encourages the library field to engage with a new website that shares key resources and data for advocacy and raising awareness.

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Too many countries still do not have provisions in their copyright laws giving libraries the assurance that they can pursue their missions without fear of legal threats, or have laws that have not been adapted to reflect what users expect today. While some claim that these differences are simply the result of national preferences, this argument does not hold up against the fact that the rights to education, research and culture are universal.

Furthermore, the current design of copyright laws discourages cross-border cooperation, given the discrepancies and inconsistencies between national provisions.

In both cases, only action at the international level can offer a meaningful and effective solution.

In support of this, the new Access to Knowledge Coalition website offers a valuable resource for anyone involved in advancing this goal. It brings together key texts as a starting point for advocacy in the fields of education, research and cultural heritage.

Additionally, drawing on analysis of existing copyright laws, it includes insights into how copyright laws in different countries enable different key activities in the form of maps. Finally, there are blogs of organizations involved in this work, including of course IFLA.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

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