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Copyright for Libraries in the Digital Age


أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

This session will discuss the topic of Copyright. How copyright affects the services provided by libraries, and with the advent of digital technologies and increasing use of e-content how has this change affected the librarians’ role and what libraries can and cannot legally do under copyright in the digital age, and what are the possible legal, technological, social, or economic remedies to the issue; especially that libraries have traditionally had a central role in enabling access to knowledge. Will this access diminish with digital copyright? There is international level work taking place at WIPO in the hope of reaching an agreement on limitations and exceptions for, among others, libraries. Will this agreement, if and when reached, allow libraries to preserve their role in society and realize their full potential in this digital age? Regionally, an Arabian Gulf case will be presented displaying how libraries in the region have to balance licensing of e-resources, local copyright law, and international publishers’ standard licenses.


  • Understanding the importance of Copyright for the library profession.
  • Educating about the impact of new technologies and digital content on the nature of the traditional services offered by libraries.
  • Shedding light on the international work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives.
  • Raising awareness about the importance of maintaining a balanced copyright system that safeguards access to knowledge for everyone.
  • An Arabian Gulf region library: a case study..


90 minutes

Session Chair:

Sheikha Rasha Nayef Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Manager, Copyright Department, National Library of Kuwait Kuwait

Rasha Naif Al-Sabah is the manager of the Copyright Department at the National Library of Kuwait. Graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Mass Communication Studies, she worked at the Ministry of Information for a few years before heading the newly established Copyright Department shortly after the first national copyright law came into force in the year 2000. The Copyright Department oversees all aspects of implementation of Kuwait’s copyright law; awareness, regulation, and enforcement.

Session Speakers:

Dr. Sulaiman Alreyaee

Dean of libraries affairs
Al-Jouf University, Saudi Arabia
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  • 2007 - Phd in the area of Copyright and libraries: Factors that influence the attitude of acadmic librarians towards copyright laws Graduate School of Information Studies McGill University, Montréal, Canada
  • 2002 - MLIS in Library & Information Sciences (LIS) North Carolina Center University (NCCU), USA
  • 1996 - BA in Library & Information Sciences Al-Imam University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Areas of Expertise

  • Area of Specialty: Information polciy
  • Scientific Interests
  • Intellectual Property – Copyright Laws application in libraries and Research
  • Environments
  • Information Ethics
  • Attitude Measurements and Research Methods
  • Information eithics
  • Integrated information systems
  • Information marketing
  • Content analysis

David Hughes

Copyrights and Licensing Librarian
Qatar National Library

Since January 2014 David has been the Copyrights & Licensing Librarian at Qatar National Library. He has a MSc in Information & Library Studies from Robert Gordon University. Before joining QNL he was an instructor of information & research skills at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He is an attorney and has worked in copyright and licensing for many years.

Geidy Lung

Geidy Lung is Senior Counsellor of the Copyright Law Division of the Culture and Creative Industries Sector at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Prior to joining WIPO in 1997 as consultant in the Cooperation for Development Bureau of WIPO for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of copyright, Ms. Lung was legal researcher and taught civil and intellectual property law in the University of los Andes (Venezuela). She practiced as an attorney and was legal advisor in the field of science and technology.

She coordinated the WIPO Visually Impaired Persons Initiative created by the WIPO Director General in 2009. Ms. Lung served as Officer-in-charge of the WIPO Copyright Law Division from June 2011 to May 2012. She directed and supervised the organization of the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, and coordinated the substantive work in preparation for the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Her responsibilities at the International Bureau relate to the development of international copyright and related rights and the implementation of related treaties into national laws. She provides expert advice to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and coordinates the work related to limitations and exceptions, among other matters.

Ms. Lung is a lawyer and certified public accountant and holds a LL.M. in Intellectual Property. She has lectured in various Universities and academic institutions and has been visiting scholar at Columbia Law School (New York) and Stanford Law School (California).

James Love

James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a nonprofit focused on access to medicines and knowledge resources with offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Love is an advisor to a number of UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs. He is also the United States cochair of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Working Group on Intellectual Property, the Chairman of Essential Inventions, a member of the MSF working group on Intellectual Property, and the UNITAID Patent Pool Expert Group.

Mr. Love was previously Senior Economist for the Frank Russell Company, a lecturer at Rutgers University, and a researcher on international finance at Princeton University. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2013, Mr. Love was awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award alongside Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, and Aaron Swartz.

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