Agreements rather than legislation offer best solution for libraries and archives – IFRRO statement to SCCR

In a statement to the 29th meeting of the WIPO SCCR, IFRRO reiterated its position agreements with authors, publishers and RROs provide the best way to respond to dynamic user requests, while assuring appropriate remuneration to copyright holders. IFRRO believes that the solution should be based on three elements:

  • Experience sharing
  • Capacity building programme - Demand driven, Coordinated by WIPO; with Stakeholder involvement through organisations such as IFRRO, IFLA, IPA, STM, and IAF, when required.
  • Cooperation among governments, within and across continents, whatever is appropriate, and with possible involvement of WIPO and regional bodies such as ARIPO, OAPI and CERLALC.

This was also the message in the side event, which IFRRO organised in conjunction with the SCCR meeting.

In addition at the meeting Dr Kenneth Crews presented and answered questions related to the study on copyright limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, which had been commissioned by WIPO. This study, updated and complements an earlier 2008 study. The studies show that, of the 186 countries surveyed, 153 have library exceptions, most of them multiple ones. The IFRRO comments on Dr Crews’ study drew attention to the stakeholder initiative of the Memorandum of Understanding on the making available out-of- commerce works by publicly available libraries and similar cultural institutions, through collective licensing. This initiative, which was not mentioned in Dr Crews’ report, was supported by the European Commission and signed by t]he three library associations, the relevant authors’ and publishers’ associations, and IFRRO on behalf of the collectives in print and publishing, referred to as RROs.