In the coming six months, libraries have a unique opportunity to influence how European copyright law will be developed. LIBER is at the heart of the action, making sure the interests of Europe’s research libraries are heard.
We’re collaborating across our network, to ensure that Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) consider libraries as they debate, amend and adopt measures relating to issues including text and data mining, copyright and education, digital preservation and e-lending.
How will we do this?
Libraries are a very important stakeholder within copyright reform. MEP Therese Comodini CachiaBecause the scholarly community has a strong and clear voice on copyright, we will be working together where possible with other prominent academic organisations. Coordinated via our Copyright Working Group, our joint mission statement on the copyright proposal will be launched in December. In addition, we have several upcoming meetings with Parliament’s leading MEPs on copyright reform.
Through these, and other initiatives, we are driving home the needs of research libraries, and the important role they can play as a constant force in a shifting knowledge landscape. Libraries are digitally savvy, working for the public good and have an eye to both the future and the past. Most importantly, libraries want to ensure that knowledge can be passed on.
Many MEPs are already keenly aware of the importance of libraries in the copyright reform, including the MEP who is leading the European Parliament’s copyright negotiations, Therese Comodini Cachia.
“Libraries are a very important stakeholder within copyright reform,” she said. “They are a wealth of knowledge, a wealth of content.”
“They are also … bringing forward the public good, this European public good, which is education. And education will lead to empowerment in all sectors.”
LIBER’s advocacy work reinforces this vision. We will continue to keep you informed and involved, and we will share our key messages with you so that you can advocate on a local level with your MEPs and Government representatives.