Call for proposals: contract override and technological protection measures

Good news for those who have not had the chance to bid on our calls last time. Our RFP on contract override has been renewed! The deadline for submitting your proposal is 16 May, 2022 (extended from a previous date of 9 May 2022).

KR21 is working on making copyright reform happen. We are working on building a stronger basis of evidence and skills, both for advocacy around copyright-related issues, and a reference for libraries in their own decision-making on the topic. 

Description of the assignment

Deliver a report exploring the scope and recent evolution of contract override provisions in copyright laws in recent years and the resulting provisions across Europe (including the arguments and evidence used to persuade countries). If there is evidence, the report should include examples of their use and challenges in their application.

It should also explore evidence around the challenges to enjoyment of copyright exceptions created by technological protection measures (TPMs) including examples of when they operate against national contract override provisions and national/EU laws. The study should also include the legal options available for their removal or circumvention, and their effectiveness (in particular where new opportunities for removal/circumvention have been created).

This should draw on desk research, interviews with relevant people, and a quantitative evaluation a meaningful number (around 100) of contracts/licence terms presented in tabular form[1].

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[1] For a previous example, see the the British Library study of 100 contracts.