National Library is preparing for the digital age and for making the
cultural treasures in its custody accessible to the public via the
Internet. The Library holds a rich collection of books, newspapers,
manuscripts and media files which have been digitized and opened to the
public, thereby raising a host of legal questions on issues that are at
the heart of legal and public debate in Israel and abroad. These
questions concern the future of books and the digital library, the
treatment of orphan works, the duration of protection of various works,
accessibility of information in the digital era, and the development of
new general and commercial models.
The Law and Technology
Clinic advises the National Library on legal issues that arise in the
process of digitizing the library collection and providing access via
the Internet. Legal research conducted in this framework will be
accessible to the public and will help other libraries and archives in
Israel make their collections accessible in a similar manner.
In May 2011 the project initiated an international conference on eBooks - A New Era of Law, Business and Society.
Access to Knowledge in Higher Education Project
recent years, copyright laws have formed one of the major barriers to
accessing educational materials for teaching and research in higher
education institutions. This is due, in part, to a lack of legal
certainty regarding the scope of permissible use. Uncertainty has
affected the quality of teaching and research and the ability of
institutions of higher education to serve their public mission.
aim of the project is to remove barriers to the use of works used for
teaching in higher education by formulating rules of fair use tailored
to the special needs and public goals of these institutions in promoting
research and teaching. The project is being conducted in collaboration
with the College of Management Academic Studies School of Law.
part of this initiative a forum comprising representatives of the
majority of the institutions of higher education in Israel has been set
up; the forum has formulated a Code of Fair Use Best Practices for use
in higher education.
Creative Commons (CC) Israel Project
is a world nonprofit organization that offers free licenses (including
"partial rights reserved") as an alternative to the traditional
copyright legal regime (of "all rights reserved").
project the Law and Technology Clinic engages in educational and public
activities to raise awareness of the importance of access to knowledge.
Activities include lectures to users, creative communities and the
public at large, conducting studies pertaining to open access to data,
scientific publications, and the scope of "commercial use" in
non-commercial licenses. The Clinic is also responsible for updating
the licenses and maintaining the Israeli CC website (creativecommons.org.il) which includes posts, articles and continuous updates about the various activities and news.
Addressing IP Trolls: Examining the behavior of trolls in the field of
intellectual property, and exploring different regulatory strategies for
addressing this matter in Israel.
Studying the legal challenges involved in protection against cyber
terrorism, and the implications for privacy, free speech and due
process; proposing solutions to these problems in Israel, inter alia in
the light of international law and legislation in other countries.
Online Copyright Enforcement Practices: Examining online practices of
copyright enforcement by online service providers, and the legal
implications for civil rights and due process.
Position papers and responses to legislative amendments formulated by the Clinic
The Clinic's response to the memorandum on the Copyright (Amendment No.
…) Technological Protective Measures and Electronic Information
Concerning Copyright Privileges, 2012 [in Hebrew]
The Clinic's response to calls for position papers of the Israeli Patent Office on the Patentability of Software [in Hebrew]
A Lecture on Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Data [in Hebrew].