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Knowledge Rights 21 Fights for Fair Copyright Practices in Europe

Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21)—which will advocate “for a 21st century copyright environment across Europe that is friendly to the modern delivery and use of education and research materials”—launched as a program of the Stichting IFLA Foundation (SIF), in collaboration with IFLA, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries), and SPARC Europe. These organizations will work on tasks such as improving fair access to ebooks, promoting open and flexible copyright norms, and increasing open licensing in Europe. KR21 received a €3 million (about $3.5 million) grant over 3 years from the Arcadia charitable fund.

The press release announcing the program’s launch states, “With a focus on evidence and capacity building, [KR21’s] goal is to achieve and implement reforms to copyright law and practice that enable knowledge institutions to provide unhindered access to copyright works for education and research purposes.” KR21 will work with public, national, educational, health, and research libraries; universities; and others to “build networks and promote copyright reform at the European and national levels, and through our work leave a lasting legacy that influences similar developments elsewhere in the world.”

For more information, read the press release.



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