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Learning from ACTA: TTIP Proponents Need to Embrace Democracy

1 Octubre, 2014 - 09:37
Co-published on As the 7th Round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) gets underway behind closed doors in Chevy Chase, Maryland, it is an opportune time to ask what proponents of a successful TTIP should learn from the latest failed trade agreement negotiation involving the U.S. and Europe – the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement [...]
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Joint Statement on the Proposed Indian IP Policy and the Prime Minister’s Visit to the US

30 Septiembre, 2014 - 11:33
[September 23, 2014] We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, understand that ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the United States, the government has decided to review India’s positions on intellectual property rights (IPRs). We are concerned about the timing that has been chosen to undertake a Ministry-level exercise on India’s IPR policy [...]
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Oxfam and HAI: How the European Trade Agenda Continues to Undermine Access to Medicines

30 Septiembre, 2014 - 06:50
Oxfam press release, Link Insufficient innovation and a lack of access to affordable medicines are major barriers to achieving the right to health in low- and middle-income countries. This paper argues that European Union trade policies should not be used to bolster pharmaceutical companies’ profits by extending their monopolies on medicine prices to supposedly reward [...]
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WIPO, WTO, and WHO to Hold Joint Event on Medical Technologies in Middle-Income Countries

29 Septiembre, 2014 - 16:16
[Joint  press release, Link] The World Health Organization (WHO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and World Trade Organization (WTO) will hold a technical symposium on “Innovation and access to medical technologies: challenges and opportunities for middle income countries” on 5 November 2014 at the WTO in Geneva. The symposium will held at the WTO, Centre [...]
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Copyright and the Architecture of Digital Delivery

29 Septiembre, 2014 - 15:05
Author: Dan L. Burk Abstract:   Copyright law is largely a response to new media: from the printing press through radio, photocopiers, and digital computers, changes in copyright reflect the increased public availability of information reproduction technologies. But while the exclusive rights conferred by copyright are shaped by the technologies they respond to, the opposite is [...]
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Effect of Piracy on Adoption of Technological Innovation

29 Septiembre, 2014 - 09:24
Authors: Vibhanshu Abhishek, Rahul Telang, and Yi Zhang Abstract: Advances in technology have enabled producers of entertainment goods to reach customers in innovative ways. However, new technologies also make it easier for users to infringe on the content. Producers argue that piracy hurts their ability to innovate, while critics argue that piracy acts as a [...]
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Australian Competition Policy Review: Excerpt on Intellectual Property and International Trade Agreements

26 Septiembre, 2014 - 12:25
Excerpt from Competition Policy Review, Draft Report, September 2014, published under a CC-BY license.  The review is being conducted by a panel chaired by Professor Ian Harper.  It is accepting comments until November 17, and will issue a final report by March 15.  The full draft report (and instructions for comments) is available here.  The [...]
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New State-Level Policy Brief on Open Educational Resources

22 Septiembre, 2014 - 13:42
[Nicole Allen, SPARC, Link, (CC-BY)]  A new briefing paper on state-level open educational resources policy was released yesterday by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a non-partisan think tank that provides education policy advice to U.S. states. Entitled “Open source textbooks can help drive down the overall cost of college,” the brief provides an overview of [...]
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Sep 24: Plain Packaging for the Pacific Rim – The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Tobacco Control

19 Septiembre, 2014 - 13:05
Lecture by Prof. Matthew Rimmer, ANU College of Law September 24, 2014 | 4:30 pm | Reception to Follow Room 603 | American University Washington College of Law  Logistics and Directions | Webcast REGISTRATION Matthew Rimmer argues that Big Tobacco has been engaged in a dark, shadowy plot and conspiracy to hijack the Trans-Pacific Partnership [...]
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Pharmaceutical CEO: This Controversial Deal Will Be Great for Us…And You

19 Septiembre, 2014 - 11:18
Cross posted from Public Citizen’s Eye’s on Trade. Link. In an op-ed appearing in Forbes on Tuesday, the CEO of Eli Lilly, a U.S. pharmaceutical corporation, paints a glowing picture of how the proposed Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) would benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic – but it’s pure fantasy. It is [...]
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