Nov 132017
 

Representatives of Corporacion Innovarte, Patient Foundation Nuevo Renacer, Pharmaceutical Chemists Guild, and cancer and hepatitis patients attended the Presidential Palace “La Moneda” on November 10th to deliver a letter to the Chilean President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, asking her to instruct the Ministry of Health to declare that there are public health reasons justifying the issuance of non voluntary licenses for the patents that prevent entry into Chile of the latest generics for the treatment of Hepatitis C and Prostate Cancer.

They were supported by a number of congressmen, such as  Giorgio Jackson, Miguel Ángel Alvarado and Gabriel Boric. Continue reading »

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Should Copyright Law Deny Creators the right to Share Freely? Let the Authors Choose.

 Posted by on July 20, 2017  Comments Off on Should Copyright Law Deny Creators the right to Share Freely? Let the Authors Choose.
Jul 202017
 

Imposing a mandatory and unwaivable compensation scheme violates the letter and spirit of open licensing.

[Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons, Link (CC-BY)] Copyright policymakers in Europe and South America have proposed legislation that would impose an unwaivable right to financial remuneration for authors and performers on copyrighted works. The laws attempt to ensure that creators receive payment for their work, but they would interfere with the operation of Creative Commons licensing by adding a special and separate economic right above and beyond the intention of some authors who wish to share their creative works with the world for free. Continue reading »

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New Chilean Law Would Make it Harder for Authors to Freely Share Audiovisual Works

 Posted by on June 16, 2016  Comments Off on New Chilean Law Would Make it Harder for Authors to Freely Share Audiovisual Works
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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May 192016
 

chile flagThe Chilean Congress  House of Deputies has approved a bill that creates a new unwaivable right of remuneration for authors of (and contributors to) audiovisual works. To make things worst this new right is to be exercised only through collective management organizations. Here is the link to bill as approved in the House of Representatives.

This will mean that the music composer of a work embedded in any  audiovisual work, the writer of the drama, the Director, the camera man, etc, will not be able to waive their rights or license for free through a creative commons license or any other open licenses, or give works to the public domain. Continue reading »

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Chile Is Half-Way to Legally Killing Open Licenses for Audiovisual Works

 Posted by on October 1, 2015  Comments Off on Chile Is Half-Way to Legally Killing Open Licenses for Audiovisual Works
Oct 012015
 

chile flagChile is about to become the first country to successfully kill creative commons and other open licensing for audiovisual works with a copyright bill that has been already approved in the House of Representatives  in an unprecedented fast speed. It is now in the Senate. This dream bill for collective societies of rightholders is the Bill for Copyright for Audiovisual Authors.

Here is a link to the bill and the legislative discussions.  Here is how it works against open licensing: Continue reading »

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Francisco Vera: TPP Threatens Human Rights in Chile’s Digital Environment

 Posted by on January 31, 2014  Comments Off on Francisco Vera: TPP Threatens Human Rights in Chile’s Digital Environment
Jan 312014
 

fvh[Reposted from Digital Rights LAC, Link, (CC-BY-SA)]  At Digital Rights LAC we wanted to ask different specialists in the region about their personal appraisals on digital rights issues. This is the case of Francisco Vera from Chile. We asked him: What is the most critical aspect of the TPP concerning intellectual property for countries in our region?

The greatest threat to human rights in Chile’s digital environment is not posed by a lawsuit or bill but by a free trade agreement known as the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership). Negotiations for this agreement are being secretely conducted among 12 countries from the Asian Pacific and most of the information available about these negotiations was leaked by some of its chapters. Continue reading »

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Aug 142013
 
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Sen. Navarro, Photo: Chilean Senate

Chilean Senators Navarro, Gomez and Tuma introduced a proyecto de acuerdo to the Senate that asks the President to open a public debate on the Transpacific  Partnership Agreement (TPP). It formally requests the President to provide “timely and accurate” information on the affects the agreement will have on Chile domestically, and on economic and international relations, including Chile’s trade relationship with China.

The request notes that both former Direcon Director Carlos Furche and economist Osvaldo Rosales have warned the TPP may not offer significant benefits to Chile, because it already has trade agreements with the other TPP members.   Continue reading »

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Chilean Constitutional Court to decide on the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill

 Posted by on March 7, 2013  Comments Off on Chilean Constitutional Court to decide on the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill
Mar 072013
 

chile flagThe following message was sent to infojustice from an observer in Chile who wishes to remain unidentified…

On March 5, the Chilean Constitutional Court (CC) decided to review the constitutionality of the patent linkage bill currently being discussed in the Chilean Congress. This bill would set forth a non-merit based preliminary injunction only eligible for pharmaceutical patent holders. Continue reading »

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TPP sigue ahí: un tratado con pocas razones y muchas amenazas

 Posted by on August 24, 2012  Comments Off on TPP sigue ahí: un tratado con pocas razones y muchas amenazas
Aug 242012
 

[Blog by Claudio Ruiz published on Derecho Digitales’ site.] Durante las primeras semanas de Septiembre se llevará a cabo una nueva ronda de negociaciones del Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), de las que es parte nuestro país junto con otros países del área pacífico. El alcance de estas negociaciones se mantiene en una nebulosa impropia de acuerdos comerciales de este tipo y toda la información que se ha podido recoger, tanto oficialmente como a través de filtraciones, da cuenta de un acuerdo con consecuencias graves desde la óptica de los derechos fundamentales en internet. Continue reading »

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Chilean Senators Warn Against Linkage Provisions in Patent Legislation

 Posted by on April 16, 2012  Comments Off on Chilean Senators Warn Against Linkage Provisions in Patent Legislation
Apr 162012
 

The Chilean press reports that Senators Fulvio Rossi and Francisco Chahuán have expressed their opposition to legislation in the Congress that would prohibit health regulators from granting marketing approval to medicines which are under patent without the acquiescence of the patent holder.  This “linkage” between patents and health regulators would implement an obligation of the requirements of the US-Chile Free Trade Agreement, but the Senators warn it would block access to generic medicines, and could raise prices on drugs an average of 40%.  Continue reading »

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Public Seminar at the TPP Intersessional On Intellectual Property, April 12, 2012

 Posted by on April 11, 2012  Comments Off on Public Seminar at the TPP Intersessional On Intellectual Property, April 12, 2012
Apr 112012
 

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law will host a public seminar on intellectual property in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Centro de Extension, Universidad Catolica
Sala Colorada.
Alameda 390, Santiago
April 12, 2012
9:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00

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Chilean Pharmaceutical Companies Seek Greater Transparency in TPP Negotiations

 Posted by on April 10, 2012  Comments Off on Chilean Pharmaceutical Companies Seek Greater Transparency in TPP Negotiations
Apr 102012
 

The Industrial Association of Pharmaceutical Laboratories (Asociacion industrial de Laboratorios Farmacéuticos (Asilfa)) have written the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for access to the technological and economic studies that justify entering the treaty.

The association says “The secrecy with which the Executive has carried out the negotiations of the TPP is inadequate when they could be negotiating away people’s rights. It is concerning if in these negotiations they are exchanging access to medicines of our population,for commercial advantages that currently remain in the dark.”

For more information, see “Asociación de Laboratorios pide conocer estudios que avalan firma del TPP,” by Patricio Ojeda González in df.cl.

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