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Wits Copyright Services Librarian, Denise Nicholson, is a member of the 'IFLA/eIFL/ICA/Innovarte Workgroup' that has drafted an international Treaty for Libraries and Archives as part of the Development Agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This project was initiated at a high level meeting of intellectual property experts in London in April 2009 .
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Electronic Information for Libraries Network (eIFL), the International Council on Archives (ICA) and Innovarte (Chile), collectively proposed this Treaty at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Matters (SCCR) Meetings in Geneva in June 2011. A flyer on this Draft Treaty was distributed to WIPO members in Geneva - see: http://tinyurl.com/4yqmpcv . The Draft Treaty can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/3wsawgt .
This Workgroup is also working closely with the Africa Group and World Blind Union to ensure the needs of education, libraries, archives and persons with disabilities are addressed in the process.