Oct 202014
bolivian dancers - Gatol Fotografía  CC-BY-SA

Gatol Fotografía (CC-BY-SA)

[Cross posted from Fundación Karisma, Link, (CC-BY)] In Bolivia, La Paz’s City Council is discussing the “Municipal Autonomy Bill No. 100,” which seeks to create mechanisms to ensure the protection of the public performance right of musical works via strengthening collecting society system.

The draft law has generated considerable public discontent in Bolivian society because it is quite broad in powers granted to the country’s main collecting society, SOBODAYCOM. The bill seems to have a very wide scope as it suggests that to develop any musical activity in the city of La Paz hereunder the SOBODAYCOM’s authorization will be required. The entity will grant it upon payment of the appropriate license. Continue reading »

Oct 202014

oa logaGeneration Open” Theme Highlights Students and Early Career Researchers

SPARC Press Release
Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
Phone:  202.538.1065
Email:  media@sparc.arl.org

Washington, DC – Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week taking place from October 20-26, 2014.

This year’s theme of “Generation Open” highlights the important role that students and early career researchers play as advocates for change, both in the short-term through institutional and governmental policy, and also as the future of the Academy upon whom the ultimate success of the Open Access movement depends. The theme will also explore how changes in scholarly publishing affect scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers. Continue reading »

Oct 202014

tac-logo[Treatment Action Campaign, Link, (CC-BY)] October 20th, 2014—PRETORIA: Patients, doctors and members of civil society meet today with government experts to plot a course for quickly reforming South Africa’s patent laws, so that people can access the life-saving medicines they need at affordable prices. The National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines in Pretoria was organised by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) which is leading the “Fix the Patents Laws’ coalition of 13 other civil society organisations. Continue reading »

Oct 172014

us flag w logosThe Trans-Pacific Partnership is a sweeping trade agreement, spanning the Pacific Rim, and covering an array of topics, including intellectual property. There has been much analysis of the recently leaked intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by WikiLeaks. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief, observed “The selective secrecy surrounding the TPP negotiations, which has let in a few cashed-up megacorps but excluded everyone else, reveals a telling fear of public scrutiny. By publishing this text we allow the public to engage in issues that will have such a fundamental impact on their lives.”  Critical attention has focused upon the lack of transparency surrounding the agreement, copyright law and the digital economy; patent law, pharmaceutical drugs, and data protection; and the criminal procedures and penalties for trade secrets. The topic of trade mark law and related rights, such as internet domain names and geographical indications, deserves greater analysis. Continue reading »

Oct 172014

hgapAccess to New AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis C Medicines Threatened

For Immediate Release
Health GAP (Global Access Project)
Contact: Paul Davis: +1 202 817 0129

Wikileaks has released a 77-page document revealing the negotiation positions of the twelve Pacific rim countries locked in negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The leaks reveal nothing but bad news for hundreds of millions of people living both in rich and poor countries whose access to affordable medicines will be threatened by the patent extremism that the White House seeks to export and impose on TPP trading partners. Continue reading »

Oct 162014
Image:  EFF (CC-BY)

Image: EFF (CC-BY)

Today, Wikileaks has released a draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter, dated May 14, 2014.  This is the most up-to-date source for the text, which is kept secret by negotiators, despite numerous calls for its release.  (The previous leak, upon which much of the recent TPP analysis was based, was from August 2013.)

The full text is available hereAlso see comments on it from Knowledge Ecology International, Public Citizen, Derechos Digitales, Association of Research Libraries,  Médecins Sans Frontières, Michael Geist, Margot Kaminski and a Wall Street Journal Story by Ed Silverman.  More to come soon!


Oct 162014

spicyip[Swaraj Paul Barooah, SpicyIP, reposted from  with author's permission]  In a very welcome and quick response to USTR’s Special 301 Out of Cycle Review (OCR) process for India that opened for comments a couple of days ago (October 14th), the Government of India has told the American authorities that they will not be cooperating with this unilateral process, writes Nayanima Basu in the Business Standard. Continue reading »

Oct 152014

logo_CC_OER_EU1[Reposted from oerpolicy.eu, Link, (CC-BY)]  At the very beginning of October, Creative Commons’ OER policy project organised a two-day workshop in Porto, gathering 15 Open Education enthusiasts, educators, advisors, lawyers and experts on Creative Commons licensing.  Apart from representatives from CC Sweden, CC Spain, CC Poland, CC Netherlands and of course CC Portugal, we were very happy to be able to reach out to other communities and have Rob from OER Research Hub present, as well as Ana and Ricardo from Journalism++, Eduardo who is conducting a PhD on OER, and last but not least from Heitor Alvelos, creator of the Future Places festival. Continue reading »

Oct 152014

openmedia[Open Media press release, Link, (CC-BY-NC-SA)]  Citizens from across the globe want balanced copyright rules that are shaped democratically, respect creators, and prioritize free expression. That’s the message of Our Digital Future: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression, a new report launched today by community-based OpenMedia. The overall consultation process took place over 2 years engaging 300,000 people from Australia to Vietnam. Continue reading »

Oct 132014

es-lgflagEl Salvador has become the second country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.  Minister of  Economy Tharsis Solomon López submitted the notification on October 1.

So far, the only other country to ratify the treaty has been India, which ratified it on June 30. Continue reading »

Oct 102014

france[La Quadrature du Net, Link, (CC-BY-SA)]

French civil society organisations April, Creative Commons France, Framasoft, La Quadrature du Net, Libertic, Open Knowledge Foundation France, République Citoyenne and SavoirsCom1 denounce Forum d’Avignon‘s Preliminary Declaration of the Digital Human Rights which dangerously confuses personal data with creative work. Continue reading »