Can you help? IASA-IFLA legal deposit survey

Dear all,

On the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage 2016, IFLA’s Audiovisual and Multimedia Section and IASA’s National Archives Section joined forces to launch a new survey of audiovisual deposit laws.

Why a survey?

Our audiovisual heritage needs to be preserved in order to provide universal access to information. But there is little information on the state of legal deposit for audiovisual documents around the world. We hope that such information on worldwide practices will help individual countries to obtain or improve their own legal deposit legislation.

We need your help

To create the new AV Legal Deposit register, for each country about which you have knowledge, please complete this short questionnaire:

IASA is publishing the results as they are submitted here: As you can see, we have information only for the following countries:

Andorra, Austria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Zambia.

Is information absent for your country? Even if your country has no legal deposit, or, if you know of the legal deposit laws in other countries, we need to know! Please encourage others to submit information so we can build a comprehensive picture of legal deposit provision worldwide.

Thanks for your help.

Richard Ranft
IASA National Archives Section