Copyright Issues for Libraries in Mauritius

The national copyright legislation of Mauritius (mainly the Copyright Act 1997) has made provisions at section 16 of the Act for libraries and archives to make a single copy of a copyright work provided it is for educational or private research, non-commercial or for preservation purposes. This exception / limitation clause of  the copyright law to libraries and archives is not an infringement of international copyright conventions to which Mauritius is signatory. During the recent few months, the Mauritius Association of Artists (MASA), acting as a licensing agency for reprographic reproduction of copyrighted works, has been pressing libraries to procure a license for photocopying (copyrighted) library materials. In the absence of adequate information on the “operationalisation” of the license, confused colleagues still ponder on many unanswered questions. After discussing the issue with a few friends, I have worked out a paper taking a broader view of copyright issues for libraries. In the paper, the initiative of MASA to act as a licensing agency along with a description of prevailing situations regarding copyright in the US  and UK libraries have been commented . Your views, comments and criticisms are solicited to enrich the dabate  on this subject. You may access the article by clicking on the following link Copyright Issues for Libraries in Mauritius

P. Hauroo

Reading Habits of Mauritians

02062009209Mr Eric Weber, Programme Officer of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) was on a mission to Mauritius recently, in the context of the setting up of CELPAC – Centre de Lecture Publique et d’Animation Culturelle, a para-statal body enacted by the National Assembly, in replacement of the Centre de Lecture et d’Animation Culturelle (CLAC).

Based on circulation statistics in all the sixteen public libraries operating under the aegis of CLAC, Mr Weber believes that on average, Mauritians read 2.2 books per months. However, this method of calculation does not necessarily relect the general trend in the reading habit all over the island. The methodology used to make such assertion about the reading habits of Mauritians is quite debatable. A full survey investigating the topic has yet to be carried out to  confirm such hypothesis.  

Weber believes that providing easy access to books through public libraries may contribute to improving academic results in schools. The full text of the article may be read in “Le Mauricien” newspaper of 1st June 2009 on page 2. A pdf version of the article is accessible from this site. Just click on the mage on the left hand or click here  to view it.