[Duraspace] Fwd: [IFLA-L] IFLA signs The Hague Declaration: Immediate reform to IP Laws!

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From: Asha Roosberg <Asha.Roosberg at ifla.org>
Date: 7 May 2015 at 16:18
Subject: [IFLA-L] IFLA signs The Hague Declaration: Immediate reform to IP
To: "ifla-l at infoserv.inist.fr" <ifla-l at infoserv.inist.fr>

 IFLA signs The Hague Declaration: Immediate reform to IP Laws!

*[image: The Hague Declaration]*

“Big Data can reshape the world and save lives. By analyzing it, we can
find answers to challenges such as climate change and global epidemics.
Economies can be stimulated. Innovation can be fostered.  But first,
Intellectual property law must change and access to technology must be
improved, making facts, data and ideas equally accessible for everyone.”

The *Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche* (LIBER
<http://libereurope.eu/about-liber/>), launched The Hague Declaration on
Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age <http://thehaguedeclaration.com/> in
Brussels on 6 May 2015. IFLA is an original signatory to the Declaration
which aims to foster agreement about how to best enable access to facts,
data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age. We believe that
by removing barriers to accessing and analyzing the wealth of data produced
by society, we can find answers to great challenges such as climate change,
depleting natural resources and globalization. However, current legislative
frameworks, including copyright, do not always support the introduction of
new approaches to research, in particular the mining of content. The
Declaration endorses the following principles to support a forward-thinking
approach to content mining:

   1. *Intellectual property was not designed to regulate the free flow of
   facts, data and ideas, but has as a key objective the promotion of research
   2. *People should have the freedom to analyze and pursue intellectual
   curiosity without fear of monitoring or repercussions*
   3. *Licenses and contract terms should not restrict individuals from
   using facts, data and ideas*
   4. *Ethics around the use of content mining techniques will need to
   continue to evolve in response to changing technology*
   5. *Innovation and commercial research based on the use of facts, data,
   and ideas should not be restricted by intellectual property law*

The Declaration sets out a roadmap <http://bit.ly/1IkkU3i> to undertake
advocacy in support of better policies, infrastructure and tools. The
launch of the Declaration, on the day that the European Commission launched
its Digital Single Market Strategy
<http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm>, is very timely.
Why is this important?

Libraries have the opportunity to seize the information society and
strengthen their role as agents for sustainable development. However, they
are continuously faced with challenges on restrictions for content mining.
While facts and data are not protected by intellectual property laws, the
text, documents or databases that are mined may well be subject to
copyright, related rights and/or database rights. The extraction and
copying of content one already has legal access to, and its transformation
into a machine readable format, can touch on the rights holder’s exclusive
reproduction right. In addition, technical protection measures attached to
content pose further restrictions. IFLA is an advocate for copyright reform
and The Hague Declaration echoes our commitment to a fit-for-purpose
international copyright framework (IFLA’s Statement on Text and Data Mining
<http://www.ifla.org/copyright-tlib> and IFLA’s work at WIPO
<http://www.ifla.org/node/9060>) that provides sufficient protection for
creativity and access to information without restricting essential research
and development to the public interest.
Moving forward

The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age is a
distinct framework as it asks policy makers to provide legal clarity on
copyright issues, while allowing citizens as well as small-medium sized
entrepreneurial businesses (SMEs) and libraries to follow suite and sign.
IFLA will like to take this opportunity to urge you to promote access to
open information and data in your area by signing the Declaration

For more information on these issues, please visit our Copyright
Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives
<http://www.ifla.org/copyright-tlib> webpages.

[image: LIBER Logo]

Link <http://www.ifla.org/node/9567> to direct webpage
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