This month has been a busy one for Paraguay’s copyright law and Internet governance. The Paraguayan Congress decided to reject copyright legislation that sought to modify the current copyright law in articles 128,138, and 139. ( See ) The reform would have established an “arbitral commission” as part of the Intellectual Property Office (DINAPI) in charge of establishing the fee rate for using copyright. Moreover, the bill of law established that the fee should be paid in a state-dependent “one-stop” location.
The Colombian Parliament is debating Bill 001 of 2012. This Bill contains provisions regarding limitation and exceptions to Copyright Law. Last 16 of April the Bill passed the second debate in the House of Representatives. Now it is pending for debate in the Senate.
This Bill contains six articles regarding limitations and exceptions. Article 1 mandates an exception for temporary copies made as part of a technological process in some specific circumstances. Article 2 mandates an exception in favor of people with sight or hearing disabilities. Article 3 mandates an exception in favor of libraries and archives allowing them to lend a work. Article 4 mandates an exception in favor of parody. Article 5 mandates an exception in favor of educational institutions allowing the public performance of a work under certain circumstances. Finally, Article 6 repeals all provisions contrary to the ones mandated by this Bill.
The Colombian Constitutional Court has struck down the law 1520, generally known as “Ley Lleras 2.0”, which implemented part of the U.S FTA obligations in copyright law. This event happened last night, when the Constitutional Court was deciding about the lawsuit presented by Senator Robledo over articles 13 and 14 of such law. The Court after analyzing the law considered that the entire law was processed in the wrong Congress commission.
Panama’s Bill no. 510, reforming the countries law on copyright and neighboring rights, was approved today by the Congress in third debate. Under the Panamanian system, the law will now be sent back to the executive branch for final passage. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, expressed that “with the implementation of this new Act , our country [Panama] is being upgraded within the international and global context.” At the same time, Congressman Jose Blandon asked to make the Act public to avoid distrust within the population about this law, which gives new faculties to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MICI).
Diego Molano, minister of the Colombian ministry of technology of information and communication, talks about the FTA’s implementation Law. In an interview given to “ENTER.CO” ( e-newspaper about technology, internet and digital culture), the Minister states that this project has not been made in high-speed track, and it is just a technological updating of the Colombian copyright law and, it makes the Colombian Copyright law to stand at the same level of protection than the U.S. Copyright law.
The Colombian draft bill for the implementation of the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement obligations is creating strong reaction from Colombian society. Not only copyrights scholars oppose to this draft; the group Anonymous Colombia has unplugged the official website of the Senate to show its rejection to this draft. The Senate website has been unplugged since March 27.
For more information, see Comunicado Anonymous Colombia Sobre (a video from Anonymous), and the news story: “La nueva Ley Lleras recarga el ciberespacio de protestas” by Perla Toro Castaño.