The Communications Rights in the Information Society (CRIS) is asking groups to sign on to its comments concerning what it considers dangerous proposed revisions in the draft UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions.
According to Sasha Constanza-Schock, the Convention was originally designed to ensure that culture is not reduced to a commodity in the age of globalization, but new language has “snuck” in to support the global export of “US-style, maximalist copyright law,” accelerating the erosion of the public domain.
What is the library take on this? The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) issued a statement of concern with language that “shifts the Convention’s focus away from nurturing cultural expression and towards an emphasis on stricter enforcement of intellectual property laws." IFLA notes that significant treaties (e.g. WIPO) are already in place to deal with these matters.