Jul 292015
 
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Image: EFF (CC-BY)

In Peru, there is an internal confrontation between ministries due to the data protection provisions of the TPP. The Ministry of Health opposes to the extension on data protection due to the effects than it can have on access over medicines for Peruvians, as many international organizations such as Medicos Sin Fronteras have claimed. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Commerce, in a document published puts this statement in doubt. The document contains 105 questions about TPP. Regarding access to medicine the document raises a question: will the TPP affect public health? Then the document states that the same concern was made during the Peru-U.S. FTA negotiation, but that to the moment those concerns have not been rejected or accepted by the Ministry of Commerce. Continue reading »

Jul 292015
 

South African FlagAs you may know, we have been lobbying since 1998 for better copyright laws.  On 27 July 2015, the Department of Trade and Industry published a new Copyright Amendment Bill for public comment.

See:  http://www.gov.za/documents/copyright-amendment-bill-comments-invited-27-jul-2015-0000.  Now you have the chance to comment and ensure that the Copyright Bill provides adequate provisions for education, research, libraries, archives, persons with disabilities, digitisation, etc.  Continue reading »

Jul 292015
 

sparc logoSPARC press release, Link (CC-BY)
Contact: Ranit Schmelzer
202-5380-1065 | sparcmedia@arl.org

Washington, DC –The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today passed S. 779, the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, unanimously by voice vote and moved it to the full Senate for consideration. This marks the first time the Senate has acted on a government-wide policy ensuring public access to the results of publicly funded research, and is an important step towards codifying the progress made by the 2013 White House OSTP Directive. Continue reading »

Jul 282015
 

marcelaThe current Colombian copyright law appears to be a traditional copyright framework that seeks to protect authors and provides an enforcement mechanism[1] for those rights while at the same time providing limitations and exceptions in favor of public interests according to international standards.[2] A closer view of the law, however, reveals that Colombian copyright law favors authors’ protections and undermines public interest uses, especially in the digital environment. This regulatory framework does not favor the incorporation of technology in education. Continue reading »

Jul 272015
 
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Image: EFF (CC-BY)

This post contains a brief summary of, and excerpt from, a report published by the Third World Network. Click here for the full report.  (eds.)

This document summarises some of the ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) can harm human rights. The analysis below only examines the impact on recommendations and comments by United Nations (UN) Special Procedures mandate-holders[1] and other United Nations human rights bodies,a so there are other human rights which are likely to be adversely affected by the TPP which are not covered here. Continue reading »

Jul 272015
 

gc2015 logo-400pxThe User Rights track of the Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (www.global-congress.org), Delhi, India, December 15-17, 2016, and a Focus Issue of the American University International Law Review seeks research contributions.

Accepted paper proposals will be given opportunities to present and seek feedback on their draft work at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest December 14-17, 2015, and at a Symposium at American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. on March 18, 2016.

New publications on international and comparative law will be considered for publication in the American University International Law Review (Spring 2016).  Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 
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Photo by C.E. Kent (CC-BY)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | CONTACT:
Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer), 202-225-4811
Aaron Hunter (Davis), 202-225-1686
Patrick Malone (Himes), 202- 225-5541

Washington, DC – As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators meet in Hawaii, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Susan Davis (CA-53), Jim Himes (CT-04), and other Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives who recently voted to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) urged U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman to ensure Intellectual Property (IP) provisions in the TPP protect timely and affordable access to medicines. Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

Teplitsky-Lu-DuedeAuthors: Misha Teplitskiy, Grace Lu, and Eamon Duede

Abstract: With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. This article approaches such a comparison through academic references made within the world’s 50 largest Wikipedias. Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

public knowledgeSee also, Public Knowledge press release and this letter in PDF (CC-BY-SA)

Dear Ambassador Froman: All  consumers  are users of  intellectual property. The  average American  interacts with  hundreds,  if  not  thousands,  of  IP-protected  products  and  goods  each  day.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership must not weaken or otherwise disrupt the protections afforded to American consumers.

The United States  is  a global  leader  in  intellectual property, not only because of the  rights  enjoyed  by  creators  of  knowledge  goods,  but  also  because  of  those  rights granted to consumers. Preserving these rights must be central to any trade negotiation. Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

ceipi_logoChristophe  Geiger,  Oleksandr  Bulayenko,  Théo  Hassler,  Elena  Izyumenko, Franciska Schönherr, and Xavier Seuba, Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) University of Strasbourg, Link

Abstract: In order to make the European Union (EU) copyright framework fit for the Internet environment and to make a single digital market a reality, it has become obvious that reform is needed. CEIPI thus highly welcomes the initiative of the European Parliament to support a revision of the copyright acquis in the EU through its Resolution on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society adopted 9th July 2015. A democratic debate on questions of immediate relevance for Europeans such as copyright law is without any doubt necessary in a modern society and strengthens the legitimacy (and thus the acceptance) of the system adopted.

While acknowledging the importance of many timely and innovative proposals voted by the Parliament, the Resolution can still be described as a missed opportunity to make a stronger statement on some essential issues of copyright law in the EU, such as its territoriality and the related consequences on cross-border access to copyright protected content. Continue reading »

Jul 232015
 

roffe-escudero-seubaPedro Roffe, Sergio Escudero and Xavier Seuba

The following is an excerpt from the executive summary of a forthcoming paper. The paper was written under an IISD project funded under the Knowledge Partnership Programme  of  DFID India and IPE Global Pvt Ltd. The views are strictly those of the authors.

The report addresses recent developments in the area of intellectual property rights (IPRs) since the adoption of the TRIPS Agreement (1994) with particular emphasis on trends in preferential trade agreements (PTAs) and plurilateral initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), ACTA and the new agenda of the European Union (EU) on intellectual property. Continue reading »

Jul 222015
 

msf logo[Médecins Sans Frontières press release, Link] At the International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference today, the international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned that middle-income countries (MICs), which will be home to 70% of people living with HIV by 2020, face increasing threats to their ability to access affordable generic medicines, which are crucial to countries’ ability to reach the global UNAIDS 90/90/90* targets. Continue reading »