NSK among the signatories of the European initiative on copyright reform for education
The National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) has joined an open initiative for a copyright reform in EU countries organised by the European association COMMUNIA by signing the Let’s make copyright right. For education online petition, which urges this reform for the purpose of advancing education and its bringing into line with rapidly progressing digital technologies as well as with the requirements and possibilities resulting from the growing online environment.
On 29 March 2017, COMMUNIA, whose members advocate the expansion of the public domain within the digital environment, launched a campaign aimed at an increased availability of copyrighted materials in relation to their (fair) use for educational purposes. The campaign revolves around the Let’s make copyright right petition, the results of which will be presented in the European Parliament by COMMUNIA’s members, who will thus try to affect the upcoming reform of the existing copyright legislation which will be voted on by the Parliament at the end of 2017.
At the end of 2016, the Parliament was presented with the European Commission proposal for the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and COMMUNIA warns that the adoption of its content as it is currently formulated would not come anywhere close to satisfying present educational requirements resulting from the advancement of digital technologies, let alone the related growth of cross-border cooperation between educational institutions. Furthermore, this proposal does not provide for exceptions to copyright for libraries, museums, or other institutions and organisations providing educational activities and services which, considering their social role in enabling access to information sources as well as cultural and scientific heritage, should by all means accordingly be exempted from the unreasonably restrictive and limiting application of copyright laws. By leaving out such exceptions and relying on licencing instead, the adoption of this proposal would further aggravate already existing difficulties that libraries and similar institutions face in providing educational services, and would thus fail to acknowledge their educational function.
COMMUNIA’s proposal to the European Parliament on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market has been signed by the world’s leading library institutions and associations such as the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), European digital library Europeana, European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) and the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) global organisation.
COMMUNIA invites all European heritage institutions, institutions providing educational activities, as well as all individuals who recognise the importance and implications of free access to all information sources for the purpose of acquiring and spreading knowledge and adhering to the Council of Europe Resolution on Lifelong Learning, to get better acquainted with this initiative and join it as soon as possible by signing the Let’s make copyright right petition.