Author: Bijan Madhani

Dialogue on Scenarios for Global Copyright Reform and Public Interest IP Agenda

By ICTSD The past decade has been a turbulent one for the global intellectual property system in general and for the international copyright regime in particular. On the one hand, there is a trend pressing for greater access to knowledge that is fuelled by an unprecedented growth in communication and information technologies. This is exemplified by the growth of open access initiatives, open source and collaborative models and demands for greater use of existing limitations, exceptions and flexibilities in intellectual property legislations and possibly the elaboration of new instruments in this area. On the other hand, there is a trend towards stronger enforcement of intellectual property rights beyond existing international standards with initiatives such as ACTA, three-strike measures in some industrialized countries and free trade agreements (TPP). In this overall picture, the place of copyright enforcement in the digital environment remains hotly contested. Meanwhile, at WIPO’s copyright body – the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) – developing countries have made proposals for new international instruments on limitations and exceptions for the visually impaired and for libraries, education and research. At the same time, there is also a growing recognition about the need for solid empirical evidence to better inform these copyright and enforcement discussions. The recently released report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (MPEE) seeks to precisely achieve that. It is against this background that...

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