Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee Workshop

Copyright Advocacy

A skills-focused workshop on building effective copyright advocacy strategies. The workshop will be delivered with reference to national reform consultations, the EU copyright consultation and international advocacy at the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Overview: Libraries around the world are increasingly coming into conflict with copyright laws that restrict or do not take into account the services they provide and their public interest mission. To effect positive copyright policy and law change, libraries must develop the skills to engage with policy-makers and advocate effectively on their issues.

This workshop focuses on strategies and practical skills for libraries in building effective copyright advocacy campaigns. It primarily considers topical digital copyright issues affecting libraries, including text and data mining, digital content licensing and mass digitization. The workshop will be delivered, within the framework of the LIBER Advocacy and Communications Steering Committee, by representatives of IFLA with extensive experience of copyright reform at national, regional and international level.  The skills developed in this workshop could equally be applied to other policy issues affecting libraries, privacy and internet censorship, community development and government funding.

The workshop will include:

  • Brief presentations from experienced copyright advocates on recent reform consultations, and the lessons learnt

  • Group work on planning copyright campaigns, identifying audiences for communications and key messages