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Commission extends European copyright user platform

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has recently been granted funding to extend the European Copyright User Platform (ECUP) to Central and Eastern European countries. The initiative (CECUP), which commenced in June 1998 and is du...
The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA) has recently been granted funding to extend the European Copyright User Platform (ECUP) to Central and Eastern European countries. The initiative (CECUP), which commenced in June 1998 and is due to run for 18 months, will be funded under the "Libraries" sector of the EU's Telematics Applications programme.

CECUP has the following objectives:

- To make librarians in the candidate countries aware of the implications of copyright in electronic services;
- To discuss user rights in electronic services, and licensing principles for the use of electronic information, with rightholders;
- To raise awareness in these countries of the focal point for copyright questions and information on EU legislative developments in this area;
- To reinforce the position of libraries in discussions about copyright with the appropriate bodies.

In order to implement these objectives a Central and Eastern European Copyright User Platform will be set up, consisting of the library associations from the countries involved. They will organise a workshop in each of the countries, and will elect national steering groups to assist in identifying special copyright problems for libraries in each country.

Source: The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations

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