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International Treaties and Trade Agreements

LCA and COSLA Comment on Nov. 23, ’12 Draft Text of Print Disabilities Treaty/Instrument

On January 28, 2013, members of the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), along with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), commented on the November 23, 2012, draft text of an international instrument/treaty on limitations and exceptions for visually impaired person or persons with print disabilities. WIPO’s Extraordinary General Assembly, at its meeting in December 2012, authorized an international diplomatic...

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LCA Writes to Ambassador Kirk Regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

August 14, 2012 – The American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, American Association of Law Libraries, and the Special Libraries Association wrote to Ambassador Kirk in support of paragraph 2 of the US proposal for copyright exceptions and limitations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) Agreement. The language would ensure that nothing in TTP would in any direct or indirect...

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LCA Submits Statement to WIPO Regarding Treaty for Visually Impaired Persons

On July 25, 2012, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted comments to WIPO regarding copyright exceptions and limitations relating to libraries and archives, specifically their opposition to the proposed text for Article D of SCCR/23/7 regarding the provision of aggregated data to rights holders. LCA argues, in part, that the proposed text would “invite publishers to second-guess the procedures of...

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