1 March 2015 Last updated at 16:32, 11/12/2015

The London Manifesto

The London Manifesto: Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe

The London Manifesto calls for fair copyright that is fit for purpose and will benefit every European citizen.

Why fair copyright matters

Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. 

The manifesto

The London Manifesto calls for reforms to:

  • Improve the rights of disabled people by supporting equal access to knowledge.  
  • Provide libraries with the right to lend digital materials and continue to underpin knowledgeable societies in the digital age. 
  • Allow libraries and archives to better support research through modern data mining techniques. 
  • Create a more manageable system of copyright exceptions across EU member states.

Download the manifesto (PDF)

Show your support

Sign the manifesto: Organisations can show their support for fair copyright across Europe by signing in support

Show your support on social media using the hashtag #faircopyright

Our supporters

A range of leading libraries, archives, charities and museums have signed up in support, including the Wellcome Trust, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales, the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Open Rights Group.  

See a full list of supporters.

The launch

The London Manifesto was launched at the CILIP Copyright Executive Briefing on 1st April 2015 in London, which focused on the latest developments in copyright legislation and licensing.