Library Association Supports Release of TPPA Details

Press Release – New Zealand Library And Information Association The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), strongly supports David Cunliffes request to the Government that details of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations be released to the public.Library Association Supports Release of TPPA Details The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA), strongly supports David Cunliffe’s request to the Government that details of the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations be released to the public. The Association says unless input is allowed from affected parties on the individual provisions, the Government will be acting without first understanding the real economic, social and cultural impact on New Zealanders. The Library Association is particularly concerned about the impact that changes to New Zealand copyright law, demanded by the United States, will have on the provision of access to information through libraries for the New Zealand public. The possible re-introduction of a ban on parallel importing is a key concern, which would see a steep increase in the purchase price of library materials, and therefore mean a sharp drop in the amount and range of resources available to the public. Restrictions on current “fair dealing” provisions could also deprive the public of access to a range of international material and impact  digitisation programmes, restricting the ability of the public to access their information online. LIANZA’s spokesperson...

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