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Lyon Declaration

 The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development ( was launched at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, 18 August 2014. ENCES was one of the first organisation to sign it.

The Declaration calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.

In February 2015 IFLA representatives took the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development to New York for a negotiating session on the post-2015 UN development framework.

Report on Copyright Policy and the Right to Science and Culture

The report on copyright policy and the right to science and culture of the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, has been published. Download the report here, ref A/HRC/28/57.

The summary of the report is as follows:

/In the present report, the Special Rapporteur examines copyright law and policy from the perspective of the right to science and culture, emphasizing both the need for protection of authorship and expanding opportunities for participation in cultural life. Recalling that protection of authorship differs from copyright protection, the Special Rapporteur proposes several tools to advance the human rights interests of authors. The Special Rapporteur also proposes to expand copyright exceptions and limitations to empower new creativity, enhance rewards to authors, increase educational opportunities, preserve space for non-commercial culture and promote inclusion and access to cultural works.  An equally important recommendation is to promote cultural and scientific participation by encouraging the use of open licences, such as those offered by Creative Commons./


Articles on ENCES

In 2009 Rainer Kuhlen and Karin Ludewig published an article on the foundation and development of ENCES entitled "ENCES - A European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science : one step forward to a science-friendly copyright in Europe" [URI]; first publ. in: Information - Wissenschaft und Praxis 60 (2009), 5, pp. 259-264.

Rainer Kuhlen talked at the French national workshop of the Medoanet project in Lyon-Villeurbanne on 22 November 2012. Title of the presentation is: "La situation de copyright en Allemagne et en Europe". Please find the slides on our websites or at


Tartu University Library – Open Access Workshop

During the International Open Access Week (18-24 October 2010) the Tartu University Library hosted a workshop on 19-20 October 2010.

Rainer Kuhlen, chairman of the ENCES e.V. association, contributed to the workshop on 20 October. He spoke on behalf of ENCES and presented a generic copyright clause for scholarship and education.  

Rainer Kuhlen, "ENCES and the need for a European wide general copyright exception in favor of science and education" [pdf]


5th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar

On 7-9 November 2010 the 5th Scholarly Communication Seminar of UNICA (Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe) took place in the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Lisbon.

ENCES was invited to contribute to the seminar entitled “Find it, Get it, Use it, Store it". Karin Ludewig, secretary of the ENCES e.V. association, spoke on behalf of the network and new founded association.

Karin Ludewig,"An International Association for the Promotion of a Scholarship-Friendly Copyright" (slides) [pdf]

Karin Ludewig,"An International Association for the Promotion of a Scholarship-Friendly Copyright" (text) [pdf]

Karin Ludewig, “Find it, Get it, Use it, Store it - A Report from the 5th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar" [pdf]


Press Releases

ENCES published a press release on the proposed German ancillary copyright in small parts of journalistic articles in favor of media publishers ("Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverlage") on 12 November 2012 [pdf].