The IPA, along with other creative sector organisations (IFRRO, FEP, Motion Picture Association, European Writers Council, International Federation of Journalists & more) have written to European Commission President José Barroso, highlighting the dangers of a proposed WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.
At last week's meeting of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Realted Rights (SCCR), there were calls for a new legally binding instrument on copyright exceptions. The SCCR will consider the matter at its next meeting, from June 30th to July 4th.
The IPA, along with the other letter signatories, believes that adopting the treaty would severly prejudice Europe's creative industries and wider economic interests. "WIPO's approach should be to strive for an international copyright framework which facilitates the exchange of experiences as well as technical cooperation and assistance, maintaining an appropriate balance between exceptions and corresponding exclusive rights."
The letter is available to view here.