The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. With over 1400 members in over 140 countries around the world, IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession.
IFLA is also leading international library advocacy on copyright exceptions and limitations at the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and also advocates for copyright policies suited for libraries and their users at the regional and national level. As part of IFLA’s work of monitoring copyright changes that will have an impact on libraries, IFLA has submitted comments to several copyright reforms in different parts of the world.
We are thankful for the possibility provided by the Department for comments to be submitted from abroad. The influence that Australian provisions may have elsewhere makes this an important opportunity. We would like to make use of it, in the hope that our views will positively contribute to the process.
IFLA strongly welcomes the copyright modernisation in Australia, and the acknowledgement that an effective, efficient, accountable and especially adaptable system is needed. Moreover, we agree that the three areas of the Copyright Act that are subject to review are key topics. In the following pages, we address the questions raised by the consultation.