WIPO study on (digital) copyright issues in Higher Education

As part of IFLA’s advocacy work at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), they are looking to get responses to a questionnaire (please see the attached file) which looks into “Practices and challenges of educational and research institutions in relation to online distance education and research activities”.

Please return completed surveys to: Prof Raquel Xalabarder rxalabarder@uoc.edu, Chair of Intellectual Property, School of Law and Political Science, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

The results of the questionnaire will be used for a study (by Monica Torres and Raquel Xalabarder) to guide WIPO’s policy work on copyright for research and educational institutions, which will also have an impact on libraries, archives and museums.

The survey is mainly aimed at:

  • universities that offer face-to-face education at different levels (degrees, postgraduate, life-long learning, and MOOCs / OER) as well as online education;
  • online universities that only offer distance education, also at different levels;
  • research institutions and universities (above) that conduct research activities on digital and cross-border scenarios.

We would be grateful if you could circulate it among any contacts that you think would fall under the above list. It is a great opportunity to underline some of these challenges faced by our institutions. The deadline is very tight, the 28th February. We only received it recently, apologies for sharing it with such short notice. Many thanks for your help, on behalf of Ariadna Matas at IFLA and Professor Raquel Xalabarder.

Please do consider completing this survey, to help provide evidence in relation to online and distance learning and copyright exceptions.

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