Interesting reads on the topic of copyright

Today we decided to share some interesting reads around the topic of copyright.

Images des musées nationaux : une réformette pour ce grand chantier du Musée du 21e siècle? Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, Wikimedia France, 16 juin 2020 (in French)

The post offers a really good overview of governmental policies around open access and their adoption (or not) by institutions across France.

L’audizione di ICOM Italia alla XIV Commissione del Senato: proposte per il libero riuso di immagini di beni culturali con tecnologie digitali by ICOM Italia (in Italian)The audition of ICOM Italia with the XIV Commission of the Senate: proposals for free reuse of cultural images with digital technologies by ICOM Italia

In the framework of the transposition of the DSM directive in Italy, ICOM Italy submitted comments to the Senate. Among other things, they underline the benefits of adopting Article 14 on the public domain broadly, and highlight the many positive aspects that national open access policies would bring to culture, education and research.

Launch by the European Commission of the consultation on the Digital Services Act, 2 June (in English)

Among other things, the consultation looks at how to effectively keep users safer online, reviewing the liability regime of digital services acting as intermediaries, what issues derive from the gatekeeper power of digital platforms or what governance to reinforce how to complete the Single Market for digital services. The legal reform to follow this consultation is likely to raise a lot of controversy, just like the “upload filters” article in the copyright Directive, as it will touch on sensible topics such as freedom of expression online.

Principles for Library Associations and Libraries in Approaches to Rightholders during the COVID-9 Pandemic, by IFLA CLM, 29 May (in English)

The document highlights principles that the IFLA CLM group recommends pushing for in conversations that libraries may have with rights holders to ensure that access to content is maintained during remote working and learning. Some examples are that rightholders support openly online storytimes by librarians and educators where they are not already allowed; that rightholders provide open access to COVID-19 related material from all relevant disciplines; that rightholders enable the re-use of works such as for Text and Data Mining (TDM) purposes or that restrictions on interlibrary loans (ILL) for educational and research purposes during a time of crisis are lifted.

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