Nov 132017
 

Tuesday, November 14, 13:00 Luncheon; 13:20 Panel Discussion
@World Intellectual Property Organization, Room A, AB Building
Sponsored by: The Brazilian Delegation to WIPO,
and the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Background and Purpose

There is an increasing recognition in both domestic and international copyright reform debates that all creators and users in all countries benefit from copyright systems that are balanced with both author and user rights. A key balancing feature of modern copyright law is sufficient flexibility to accommodate the shifting technologies and practices of the digital age. This is particularly true in the field of education, where the evolution of digital technologies has made distribution of educational materials more cost effective, and raised concerns in some sectors about market erosion. This panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities that digital technologies pose for copyright and educational materials distribution and what the best role for WIPO to play in the field might be. Continue reading »

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Fighting (for) Copyright at Mozfest

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Nov 092017
 

[Judith Blijden, Communia Association, Link (CC-0)] The last weekend of October in London, Mozilla organised Mozfest, its annual festival for the open internet movement. Mozilla wants to enable communities to contribute to making the internet a healthy place. The festival serves as a platform where civil society organisations, artists, journalists, copyright experts and other creators can come together to share and discuss the issues close to their hearts. At Mozfest, COMMUNIA organised two session on copyright issues. We wanted to explain the role it plays online, but also to reimagine copyright that could support, and not hinder, new forms of creativity. Continue reading »

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Nov 072017
 

SAVE THE DATE:
September 27-29, 2018
(0 days: Sept 24-26)

American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property is pleased to announce the hosting of Fifth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, September 27-29, 2018, Washington D.C.  As with previous meetings, we will have space available for self-organized project meetings and trainings in the preceding days – September 24-26. Continue reading »

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CopyCamp 2017 – Summary

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Oct 032017
 

[Reposted from https://copycamp.pl/en/ (CC-BY)]  The 6th CopyCamp took place in Warsaw on September 28th and 29th under the title „the Internet of Copyrighted Things”. This year we gathered 60 guests from 21 countries who shared their expertise during presentations and workshops with those who joined us in Kino Praha or watched our live streaming on YouTube. We listened to stories touching on real-life issues in culture, science, education, medicine and agriculture. And it was a great success! In the post-conference survey, our participants evaluated the conference with an average grade of 5,15 (with 6 being the maximum grade). Continue reading »

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Jul 172017
 

The Mandela Institute in collaboration with Google, Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), and the American University Washington College of Law will host a roundtable discussion on the second version of the Copyright Act Amendment Bill ahead of its scheduled August Parliamentary hearings. Continue reading »

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Apr 242017
 

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Later this week in Toronto we’ll be joining hundreds of Creative Commons community members, supporters, and activists at the CC Global Summit. The summit program will feature keynotes and a variety of sessions organized around five tracks, including Policy & Advocacy, the Useable Commons, Community & Movement, Spheres of Open, and the Future of the Commons. Continue reading »

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Mar 202017
 

Photo: Constance Wiebrands (CC-BY)

Last month, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, the Australian Digital Alliance and Internet NZ hosted a series of meetings and workshops on user rights in copyright reform in Australia and New Zealand. Both countries are debating copyright reform, and Australia is debating a proposal to add fair use to its copyright exceptions.

Participants in the events included Michael Geist, Bill Patry, Sang Jo Jong, Kimberlee Weatherall, Rebecca Giblin, Suzy Frankel, Jessica Coates, Heesob Nam, Peter Jaszi, Patricia Aufderheide, Sean Flynn and Meredith Jacob.

Below you will find video from two of the events, some of the follow up blogs and news stories from the trip.  Continue reading »

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Mar 172017
 

On March 29, PIJIP will team up with the American University International Law Review  and a number of other organizations to host a one-day conference: Globalizing Fair Use: Exploring the Diffusion of General, Open and Flexible Exceptions in Copyright Law.

9:00 – 3:30: An academic symposium co-hosted by PIJIP and the American University International Law Review will exploring new directions in domestic and international copyright law promoting adoption of general copyright exceptions that are open and flexible. Click here for the symposium agenda. Continue reading »

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Feb 062017
 

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, the Australian Digital Alliance and Internet NZ are hosting a series of meetings and workshops on user rights in copyright reform in Australia and New Zealand February 13-24. Participants in the events include  Michael Geist, Bill Patry, Sang Jo Jong, Kimberlee Weatherall, Rebecca Giblin, Suzy Frankel, Jessica Coates, Heesob Nam, Peter Jaszi, Patricia Aufderheide, Sean Flynn and Meredith Jacob.

Public events on the tour include: Continue reading »

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It’s Copyright Week: Join Us in the Fight For A Better Copyright Law

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Jan 172017
 

[Kerry Sheehan, EFF, Link (CC-BY)] We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation.

Copyright law touches everyone. But despite its constitutional mandate to serve the public, policymakers have often treated it as the private preserve of major media and entertainment industries. Those industries built entire empires on copyrighted works, and they’ve shaped the law to reflect their interests and desires. But with copyrighted software and digital technologies now integral to our daily lives, copyright affects everyone – and the law should serve all of us. Continue reading »

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Dec 072016
 

Experts discuss “Copyright Enforcement in the Online World” at a high level event at the Council of Europe, with the participation of Andrus Ansip, Vice President of the European Commission & EU Commissioner for the Digital Single Market

On Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg had the honour of organizing, jointly with the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, a half-day conference in the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, on the topic of “Copyright Enforcement in the Online World”. The conference was held in the context of the 11thedition of the “Rendez-vous européens de Strasbourg” by the Pôle européen d’administration publique (PEAP) in Strasbourg (22-26 November 2016). Continue reading »

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Dec 052016
 

sean - 150x150Originally posted Nov 29, updated Dec 5, 2016

A Copyright Amendment Bill will be tabled in Parliament by the South African government proposing to reform the current system of copyright law in the country to include a “fair use” clause modeled on US law. American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is visiting South Africa December 1 through 15 to participate in a series of workshops and lectures exploring how adoption of the proposed fair use standard may benefit creativity, innovation and development in the country. The workshops and presentations will include discussion of recommendations on the Bill submitted by legal scholars in a Joint Academic Submission on the Copyright Bill, consisting of a summary letter, table of section-specific comments, and proposed text for Sections 12 and 12A. Continue reading »

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