Nov 062015
 

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As members of the international academic and scientific community, we call upon the member states of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to negotiate a much overdue global research and development (R&D) agreement to ensure innovation and access to affordable vaccines, medicines and life-saving technologies for all. Continue reading »

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Medicines Patent Pool Expands Mandate to Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis Treatment

 Posted by on November 6, 2015  Comments Off on Medicines Patent Pool Expands Mandate to Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis Treatment
Nov 062015
 

logo-MedicinesPatentPoolMPP’s voluntary licensing work could benefit millions of patients in low- and middle-income countries

[MPP Press Release, September 6, 2015]  The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), the world’s only voluntary licensing mechanism in public health, announced an expansion of its mandate today to hepatitis C and tuberculosis medicines. The UNITAID Executive Board, meeting November 4-5 in Geneva, approved the MPP’s proposals to improve access to both life-saving direct acting antivirals (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C and new and re-purposed medicines for tuberculosis. UNITAID created the MPP in 2010 to provide better health options for people living with HIV. To date, MPP has signed agreements for 12 antiretrovirals (ARVs) for countries home to 87-93% of people living with HIV in the developing world. Continue reading »

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Oct 162014
 

spicyip[Swaraj Paul Barooah, SpicyIP, reposted from  with author’s permission]  In a very welcome and quick response to USTR’s Special 301 Out of Cycle Review (OCR) process for India that opened for comments a couple of days ago (October 14th), the Government of India has told the American authorities that they will not be cooperating with this unilateral process, writes Nayanima Basu in the Business Standard. Continue reading »

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Preventive Detention for Copyright Violation: Karnataka Amends the ‘Goondas’ Act

 Posted by on August 20, 2014  Comments Off on Preventive Detention for Copyright Violation: Karnataka Amends the ‘Goondas’ Act
Aug 202014
 

india-flagLast week, the Government of Karnataka amended the Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum Gamblers Act, 1985 (“the Karnataka Goondas Act”). The Karnataka Goondas Act would now also apply to offences under the Indian Copyright Act, 1957 and the Information Technology Act, 2000. This article presents an overview on the various provisions of this law and discusses the potential impact of the amendment.

Click here for the full story on Spicy IP.

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Inside U.S. Trade: Leaked TPP Paper On Drug IP Landing Zones Shows Extent Of Divisions

 Posted by on August 4, 2014  Comments Off on Inside U.S. Trade: Leaked TPP Paper On Drug IP Landing Zones Shows Extent Of Divisions
Aug 042014
 
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Image: EFF (CC-BY)

[Matthew Schewel for Inside U.S. Trade] A confidential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating document obtained by Inside U.S. Trade sheds new light on the extent of disagreement that remains over controversial provisions on intellectual property (IP) protection for pharmaceuticals, roughly three months ahead of a November target for producing a substantial outcome in the talks.

The two-page document, which outlines potential options, or “landing zones,” for resolving pharmaceutical IP issues, indicates that TPP countries have coalesced around a U.S. proposal under which less-developed members would be able to temporarily provide a lower standard of drug IP protection than more developed members.

But it shows that TPP countries are still at odds over the substantive obligations that would be required for each standard, as well as the mechanism for transitioning countries from the lower standard to the higher one.

Click here for the full story on Inside U.S. Trade.

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Interview on ECJ Ruling on Transparency and the TTIP

 Posted by on July 6, 2014  Comments Off on Interview on ECJ Ruling on Transparency and the TTIP
Jul 062014
 

sean at podiumFannie Rascle — French journalist (@fannierascle) working for a website called novethic.fr, interviewed me today for an article about TTIP and transparency. Here are her questions and my answers.

European Union documents relating to TTIP could be made public after a European Court of Justice ruling yesterday : do you think it is an important decision ?

I am not an expert on that opinion. I read it to say that the Commission has to justify its decisions to not release documents related to international negotiations. I believe that the justification is weak for not having any method for a country to  share with its own citizens proposals to change international law. The making of law should be the most public of our governmental activities. Continue reading »

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Jun 052014
 

EU Flag[Monika Ermert, IP Watch, Link (CC-BY-NC-ND)] Libraries can digitise individual books in their collections without the consent of rights holders, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Niilo Jääskinen, has written in his application in a case (C-117/13) pending at the Luxembourg Court. The digitisation and national legislation in the the European Union member states to allow for it would not contradict the EU copyright directive (2001/29/EC Art.5 3.n), the Advocate General wrote in the opinion in a case referred to the EU Court by the Federal Court of Justice of Germany.

Click here for the full story on IP Watch.

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Op-ed on Publisher Lawsuit Against Delhi University: Why Students Need the Right to Copy

 Posted by on April 28, 2013  Comments Off on Op-ed on Publisher Lawsuit Against Delhi University: Why Students Need the Right to Copy
Apr 282013
 

hindu[Shamnad Basheer]  Late last year, leading publishing houses including Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press brought a copyright action against Delhi University and a tiny photocopy shop licensed by it, seeking to restrain them from supplying educational course packs to students. This lawsuit sent shock waves across the academic community, leading more than 300 authors and academics including famed Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen to protest this copyright aggression in an open letter to publishers. Tellingly, 33 of the authors of various books mentioned specifically in the lawsuit (as having been copied in the course packs) signed this protest letter making it clear that they were dissociating themselves from this unfortunate lawsuit.

Click here for the full op-ed on thehindu.com.

 

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Stakeholders Weigh In on USTR White Paper on a New Approach to Trade and Access to Medicines in the TPP

 Posted by on October 9, 2011  Comments Off on Stakeholders Weigh In on USTR White Paper on a New Approach to Trade and Access to Medicines in the TPP
Oct 092011
 

Congressional Democrats, the branded drug industry, and public health groups have commented on USTR’s new approach to intellectual property described in its recently published white paper on trade and access to medicines. Speaking to Inside US Trade, Rep. McDermott said that USTR’s “intention is clearly to erode the May 10 agreement,” referring to a 2007 policy agreement to place limits on TRIPS-Plus intellectual property provisions that affect the availability of generics.  Rep. Levin was also critical of USTR’s new policy. Continue reading »

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African Platform on Access to Information

 Posted by on September 26, 2011  Comments Off on African Platform on Access to Information
Sep 262011
 

The Pan African Conference on Access to Information was held this month in Capetown, hosted by UNECSO, the African Union, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  Over 200 delegates who signed the African Platform on Access to Information, which  states that “access to information is a fundamental human right” and that “the right of access to information shall be established by law in each African country.”    Continue reading »

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Canadian Universities Clash with Access Copyright Over Licensing Fees

 Posted by on August 28, 2011  Comments Off on Canadian Universities Clash with Access Copyright Over Licensing Fees
Aug 282011
 

The Canadian copyright clearinghouse Access Copyright, which allows universities to reprint and upload copyrighted course materials for students in exchange for a flat fee, has raised the fee from C$18 to C$45 per student. In response, over a dozen universities have announced they will not renewed their contracts with Access Copyright, preferring to clear copyrights themselves on a case-by-case basis Continue reading »

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May 232011
 

DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized more domain names of websites offering unauthorized access to copyrighted material in the fourth round Operation In Our Sites.  TorrentFreak has been tracking the takedowns, and it reports that “Among the new targets are two sites that linked to copyrighted films hosted on third party streaming sites.”

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