Aug 242016
 

singaporeSingapore Ministry of Law (Link)
Consultation Period: 23 Aug 2016 to 24 Oct 2016

Copyright is a form of intellectual property right which gives creators and producers of creative works the right to control specific uses of their works for a limited period of time.

A good copyright regime balances between providing exclusive rights as an incentive to create and disseminate new creative works, and providing appropriate access to those works for the benefit of other creators and society at large. This balance encourages the creation and dissemination of knowledge and ultimately contributes to the larger drive to foster innovation. Continue reading »

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Aug 172016
 

google_logo_largeThe New Zealand Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has posted draft legislation to bring its law into compliance with the Trans Pacific Partnership, as well comments on the legislation, all of which are available hereThe following excerpt from the comments submitted by Google New Zealand focuses on the importance of a “flexible and dynamic” copyright exception. 

Google believes that in order to promote innovation and creativity, New Zealand should adopt copyright exceptions that allow the market, new technologies and new creativity to evolve. New Zealand needs not only technologically neutral copyright protections, but also dynamic, technology neutral exceptions that allow new, legitimate uses of copyright and services to evolve as technology evolves. Continue reading »

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Aug 162016
 

butler150px[Reposted from the author’s blog, here. (CC-BY)] The Copyright Office is poised to issue a total rewrite of Section 108 of the Copyright Act, which protects library and archives’ copying for preservation and research. Libraries and archives have said they do not want this, but the Office seems to be determined to do it. So, a group of Deans and Directors of Virginia university libraries has sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA!) to ensure he realizes the controversy and context that surrounds the Office’s proposed changes. If you are a concerned library or librarian, consider writing your representative, especially if they sit on the Judiciary Committee. Continue reading »

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Aug 162016
 

eifl[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] New EIFL resources document the recent changes in Polish copyright law that bring library services in Poland into the 21st century.  The centrepiece for libraries of the new copyright legislation are provisions that enable digitization for socially beneficial purposes, such as education and preservation of cultural heritage. Continue reading »

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Jul 192016
 

belgium-flag-300x205Dimitar Dimitrov, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, Link, (CC-BY)

Thanks to synchronised interplay between our EU-level policy initiative and the steady work of our Belgian community, a new copyright exception allowing for thousands of new images on Wikimedia projects is now in place. But how exactly did this public policy ping pong work out? Continue reading »

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Jul 182016
 

south africa flag[Charlie Fripp, htxt.africa, Link (CC-BY-NC-SA)] After a series of public consultations and written submissions, South Africa’s somewhat controversial Copyright Amendment Bill will be put before parliament this month. The Bill has been both praised and criticised by activists at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as its effects are potentially far-reaching. Minister Rob Davies in the Department of Trade and Industry made the announcement through a Government Gazette, published on 5th July. Continue reading »

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Jul 112016
 

communiaAnna Mazgal, Communia Association, Link (CC-0)

The right to quote is a pivotal element of science, study, critique, and art. By evoking somebody else’s words and creations we are able to enter into an intellectual dialog that is a foundation of our culture. Quotations substantiate scientific discourse and discovery of new knowledge. They are used widely in memes that have become a signature feature of social media.

Within the Best Case Scenarios for Copyright series, we present Finland as the best example for quotations. Below you can find the basic facts and for more evidence check the Best Case Scenario for Copyright – Quotations in Finland legal study. EU, it’s time to #fixcopyright! Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 

tf[Ernesto for TorrentFreak, Link, (CC-BY-NC)] Last year the UK Government announced a plan to increase the maximum prison sentence for online copyright infringement to ten years. The current maximum of two years is not enough to deter infringers, lawmakers argued. The plan followed a recommendation put forward in a study commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) a few months earlier. This study concluded that criminal sanctions for online copyright infringement could be increased to bring them into line with related offenses, such as counterfeiting. Continue reading »

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Jun 272016
 

capitol building - USG photoJan Schakowsky and U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and John McCain introduced H.R. 5573; the Price Relief, Innovation and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act. As reported on congress.gov, the bill would “amend the Public Health Service Act to shorten the exclusivity period for brand name biological products from 12 to 7 years.” (The full text has not yet been uploaded.)  This would allow generic firms to enter the market sooner, pulling down prices through competition.

A press release by Rep. Schakowsky notes that the legislation has been endorsed by a number of large civil society groups, including AARP, and the AFL-CIO. It also lists  Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),  and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) as co-sponsors in the House. Continue reading »

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Jun 162016
 

chile flag[Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons, Link (CC-BY)] In May we learned that Chile’s Chamber of Deputies approved an amendment to a bill that would create a new, unwaivable right of remuneration for authors of audiovisual works. The law would apply to all audiovisual works, even those published under open licenses. This would mean that audio and video creators are supposed to be compensated even if they do not wish to receive royalties. Creative Commons and CC Chile are concerned that the bill could create unnecessary complexity for authors who want to share their works under CC licenses. Continue reading »

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Jun 082016
 

effbigThe bill now sits with the State Senate Judiciary Committee and must be defeated.

Ernesto Falcon, EFF, Link (CC-BY)

California’s A.B. 2880 will give government agencies the power to put copyright restrictions on their work. That means state bureaucrats will be able to wrap their reports, research, e-mails, and even videos of public meetings in onerous legal restrictions, backed by federal lawsuits and six-figure penalties. The bill would change California from one of the most open state governments to one of the least open. EFF opposed the bill and explained its dangers to the State Assembly. Continue reading »

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Jun 082016
 

communia[Anna Mazgal, Communia Association, Link (CC-0)]  Freedom of panorama is a fundamental element of European cultural heritage and visual history. Rooted in freedom of expression, it allows painters, photographers, filmmakers, journalists and tourists alike to document public spaces, create masterpieces of art and memories of beautiful places, and freely share it with others.

Within the Best Case Scenarios for Copyright series we present Portugal as the best example for freedom of panorama. Below you can find the basic facts and for more evidence check the Best Case Scenario for Copyright – Freedom of Panorama in Portugal legal study. EU, it’s time to #fixcopyright! Continue reading »

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