Issues surrounding copyright law and related rights are of relevance to archivists and the cultural heritage sector worldwide. It is essential to fully understand the copyright landscape and remain informed about changes to the law. We are committed to developing a sector-wide approach, to learn from the experiences of others and avoid duplicating time-consuming copyright research.

SCA has collaborated with CREATe to deliver freely accessible online copyright guidance. The Council is also the only UK-based accredited member organisation of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Victoria Stobo, based at Liverpool University, is our Copyright Policy Adviser. SCA also delivers capacity building copyright workshops for archivists and community archive groups.


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The World Intellectual Property Organisation Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is a self-funding agency of the United Nations and acts as a global forum for intellectual property, services, policy, information and co-operation. WIPO’s mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

The Scottish Council on Archives is an accredited member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Victoria Stobo, SCA Copyright Policy Adviser, represents the Scottish Council on Archives on the WIPO SCCR. The SCCR meets several times a year in Geneva and is currently debating a number of copyright-related international initiatives. Reports of recent meetings of the committee can be found on this page. Further information about the SCCR can be found here.