Access to knowledge is not enjoyed equally across the world. Crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency, highlight the barriers that the current copyright system poses for those who learn, teach, research, create, preserve or seek to enjoy the world’s cultural heritage.
The international copyright system has failed to keep pace with advancing technology and practices, including for digital and cross-border activities. Consequently, we have been unable to seize the possibilities that exist to promote access to, and use of, knowledge to fulfil human rights and achieve more equitable, inclusive and sustainable societies.
The members of this coalition represent educators, researchers, students, libraries, archives, museums, other knowledge users and creative communities around the globe. Our individual missions are varied but we all share a vision of a fair and balanced copyright system that is underpinned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This website provides a platform for sharing insights, evidence and opinions related to the mission of the A2K Coalition. This mission is also the basis of all core text on this site. Resources found here represent the views of the individuals and organisations cited in each, and should not be taken as having been subject to agreement by all members of the A2K Coalition.
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