The Delhi University Case: Equity in Education More Important Than Copyrights
As the copyright reform process continues in Europe, it is worth noting the result of an Indian case concerning photocopying and the extent of the educational exception. In 2012, Delhi University and a small photocopy shop named Rameshwari Photocopy Service were sued by Oxford and Cambridge University Presses together with the Taylor & Francis Group. The publishers alleged that the photocopying of substantial excerpts from their publications and issuing or selling them in course packs infringed their copyrights. They also argued that Delhi University should obtain a license from the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization in order to make the copies. Click here for more.
World Health Assembly to Discuss UN High Level Report on Access to Medicines
[Sangeeta Shashikant] The forthcoming 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) will discuss access to medicines including the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel Report on Access to Medicines (UNHLP report). The inclusion of this agenda item has been a topic for debate and the 140th meeting of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) finally agreed to accordingly amend an existing agenda item on shortage of medicines of the 70th WHA that will convene in May this year. Click here for more.
Upcoming Public Events on User Rights in Copyright Reform in Australia and New Zealand
[PIJIP] 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, Sean Flynn and Meredith Jacob. Public events on the tour: Click here for more.
Looking Above and Beyond the Blunt Expectation: Specified Request as the Recommended Approach to Intermediary Liability
[Krzysztof Garstka] Abstract: Following the publication of the Digital Single Market agenda, it became clear that establishing the place of online intermediaries in the regulatory framework for combating illicit content on the Internet remains one of the key challenges for European regulators. This article looks at the landscape of corresponding enforcement strategies within the European Union and unravels two competing conceptual approaches in relation to the role of online intermediaries. Click here for more.
US Trade Associations Write Congressional Leadership on IP in India, Suggest WTO Dispute Settlement as a Negotiating Tool
[Mike Palmedo] Twenty trade associations have written the House and Senate leadership urging Congressional engagement on the trade relationship between the U.S. and India. Their letter identifies intellectual property protection as an “ongoing challenge.” It highlights diplomatic structures where the countries have discussed IP, then notes that “WTO dispute settlement has played and should continue to play a key role in ensuring that India follows through on its international commitments.” Click here for more.
Resolution On Compulsory Licences For Patented Medicines Passes In Chile
[Kim Treanor] A resolution has been passed by Chile’s Chamber of Deputies, a branch of its National Congress, to encourage the use of compulsory licences to import generic versions of a patented drug when necessary to protect and promote the health of the population. The resolution is available here [in Spanish]. A partial unofficial translation has been posted by Knowledge Ecology International, which first issued notification of the resolution. IP-Watch also carried out an informal translation of the 5-page text. Click here for more on IP Watch.