Fight for our right to freely teach and learn

Education needs good copyright

We are asking for a law that grants educators and learners the freedom

to use copyrighted content. A law that cannot be switched off by copyright owners and replaced by their licenses.

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...and we need your help now.

On September 12 European legislators will vote a new copyright law that is good for copyright owners, but bad for educators and learners. We need to change that NOW!

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What is the problem?

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Copyright laws need to be broad and flexible to support modern education, both formal and informal, on-site and online.

Our research shows that current copyright:
● is fragmented and narrow
● creates legal uncertainty
● creates unnecessary burden

Why is the EU solution a bad one?

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European policymakers promised to fix copyright for education with a good law. But, now, they want to allow copyright owners to replace that law with Licenses.

This is not a good solution, because:
● puts copyright owners' interests first
● denies minimum rights to educators
● maintains uncertainty

Why is our solution better?

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We are asking for a Mandatory Education Exception that is:

● flexible, to fit modern education

● the same across borders

● cannot be replaced by licenses or overridden by contracts, to give legal certainty to educators and learners

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The education community joins forces to ask for a better copyright for education. We are teachers, educators, lawyers, researchers, librarians, activists, experts on copyright.

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Gerald Leitner
Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

If we are thinking about education, especially from a life-long perspective, we cannot forget the role of libraries. From the grandest universtity to the smallest vilage, libraries are for all. They give everyone the possibility to keep learning, discovering, and updating their skills throughout life. In a rapidly changing world, this is essential not only for our economises, but also our societies, and democracies. To do this, libraries need to have the right copyright for a digital age.