This week librarians and archivists from around the world gather in Geneva to drive progress towards an international copyright treaty fopr libraries and archives. This blog post from IFLA, EIFL, EBLIDA and the SAA explains why this is important.
The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is seeking an Executive Officer to manage its affairs and contribute to copyright policy development and advocacy in Australia and overseas. The position will also fill the role of Copyright and Policy Adviser to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC).
Copyright! It touches on almost all areas of practice in libraries and archives, yet many do not feel confident in dealing with it on a day to day basis. Recognising the need, the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) continues to provide free copyright training to member organisations and their employees - ALIA, NSLA, CAUL, NLA, AGLIN, NAA, CAARA and Aust Soc Archivists.
Imagine a world where every book on every library shelf had different terms and conditions of use. Where before book was borrowed a ledger was consulted as to acceptable uses for that book. Where some books may be taken home, others read only in the library, still others only read by certain people, at certain times and in certain ways.
All around the world today people are celebrating the works that enter the public domain. But there’s not much to celebrate in Australia, where nothing will enter the public domain for another 10 years.