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Updated WIPO Study on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives

19 Noviembre, 2014 - 13:13
[Prepared by Kenneth Crews for the 29th Session of the SCCR, Link]  INTRODUCTION:  A study of copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization and delivered in 2008, provided a foundation for the subsequent consideration and evaluation of the issues by delegates from the WIPO member states.[1] The [...]
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Electronic Information for Libraries’ Draft Law on Copyright Revised and Updated

18 Noviembre, 2014 - 14:12
[Electronic Information for Libraries press release, Link (CC-BY)] After five years, it was time to update the 2009 EIFL Draft Law on Copyright in the light of legislative developments, current thinking on copyright policy, and library services enabled by new technologies. As a result, we have amended some of the exceptions and limitations, while introducing [...]
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Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab Letter to Indian Chief Justice re: Meeting of IPAB, Delhi High Court, and IP Owners Associations

17 Noviembre, 2014 - 15:38
Letter sent by Kalyani Menon-Sen, Leena Menghaney, and KM Gopakumar on behalf of the Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab We write to you on behalf of the Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab, a network of treatment activists, patients and public interest lawyers committed to making the breast cancer drug – trastuzumab – affordable in India. We have closely [...]
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After Special 301 Listing, Indonesia Plans Tough New IP Enforcement Measures

17 Noviembre, 2014 - 14:02
Ahmad M. Ramli, the Law and Human Rights head of Indonesia’s Intellectual Property Rights Directorate General, recently told the Jakarta Post that the government will introduce tough new IPR enforcement measures next year.  According to the story, he “said that the government would increase its efforts to combat copyright piracy across the archipelago. They planned [...]
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Government of India: Public Notice Requesting Comments on the Proposed National IPR Policy

17 Noviembre, 2014 - 11:39
[Official Indian govt. release] Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has constituted an IPR Think Tank to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy and to advise the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion on IPR issues. … Interested persons may send their comments in respect of the proposed National IPR Policy for consideration by [...]
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The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory

14 Noviembre, 2014 - 12:34
I recently served on an expert panel convened by the Royal Society of Canada to do a report on the future of libraries and archives in the country.  That report has now been published – The Future Now: Canada’s Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory.  It’s gotten press coverage so far from the Ottawa Citizen and [...]
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UN Agencies’ Report on Pacific Trade & Human Rights: Excerpt on State Obligations on IPR, with Focus on Vanuatu

12 Noviembre, 2014 - 15:41
The following is an excerpt from  Pacific Trade & Human Rights, a joint report by the World Health Organization, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Development Programme.  The lead authors are Lloyd Lipsett, Miranda Forsyth, Selim Raihan, and Wesley Morgan. Click here for the full report. This case study on Vanuatu highlights [...]
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OpenCon 2014 – November 15-17 in Washington DC

10 Noviembre, 2014 - 15:14
[SPARC, Link (CC-BY)] OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers [...]
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Representing the Public Domain at the EU Observatory on Infringements of IPR

10 Noviembre, 2014 - 15:03
[John Hendrik Weitzmann, Communia Assoc., Link, (CC0)]  Last week Communia joined the “European Observatory on Infringements of IPR” which is hosted by the European Union’s Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). The Observatory’s task is to provide the EU Commission with insights on every aspect of IPR infringement. It does so primarily by conducting [...]
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TPP Trade Ministers’ Report to Leaders Claims Overall Progress, Indicates Tough Negotiations on Intellectual Property

10 Noviembre, 2014 - 12:33
The 12 heads of state of the nations negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) met in Beijing today, where they issued a statement indicating they have”instructed our Ministers and negotiators to make concluding this agreement a top priority.”  However, their statement did not discuss a deadline or timeframe. They also released a “Trade Ministers’ [...]
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The Intellectual Property Chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and Investment in Developing Nations

10 Noviembre, 2014 - 10:56
University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 35, No. 4, 2014. Abstract:   The United States has some of the highest standards of intellectual property protection in the world, though many copyright and patent laws in the United States are limited through balancing provisions that provide exceptions to the exclusive rights conferred by the [...]
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