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EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility

Mié, 17/12/2014 - 13:27
Multi-sectoral NGO coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers Joint statement by 15 NGOs Link to PDF on Health Action International Site We strongly oppose the hasty push by the European Commission and Council for a new European Union (EU) directive on trade secrets[i] because it contains: An unreasonably broad [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Supreme Court Says No to Bayer, Upholds Compulsory License on Nexavar

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 13:18
[Lawyers Collective press release, Link]  In a momentous decision that would have wide-ranging implication for access to medicines, the Supreme Court of India refused to entertain Bayer’s appeal to set aside the compulsory license (CL) on Sorafenib (Nexavar). The Supreme Court’s dismissal of Bayer’s Special Leave Petition against the Bombay High Court’s decision upholding of [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Assessing the Impact of Alternative Patent Systems on the Cost of Health Care: The TPPA and HIV Treatment in Vietnam

Lun, 15/12/2014 - 13:10
Authors: Hazel V. J. Moir, Brigitte Tenni, Deborah Gleeson, and Ruth Lopert Abstract:   In the Trans Pacific partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations, the United States has proposed expanded patent protections that will likely impact the affordability of medicines in TPPA partners. This includes antiretroviral (ARV) medicines used in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Vietnam has the lowest [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

The “Road to Dignity by 2030″ Includes Access to Information and an Open Internet

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 23:48
[International Federation of Library Associations, Link, (CC-BY)]  IFLA’s response to the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” Access to information…Intellectual Property reform…access to open data…affordable access to ICTs. These are some of the important issues [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

EFF Joins Dozens of Groups in Call for Transparency in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

Dom, 14/12/2014 - 23:43
Groups Demand That Negotiators Release Text of Secret Trade Deal [EFF Press Release, Link, (CC-BY)]  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined dozens of civil society groups from around the world in calling for the release of the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a massive proposed trade agreement that could quash digital rights for [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works for Libraries & Archives

Mié, 10/12/2014 - 16:32
The American University Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property,  AU’s Center for Media & Social Impact, and the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project have released the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Orphan Works for Libraries & Archives.  Over 150 librarians, archivists and other memory institution professionals have contributed to the development [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Obama Comments to Business Roundtable on China, Intellectual Property, and the Trans Pacific Partnership

Lun, 08/12/2014 - 15:28
President Obama gave a talk on the stat of the economy last week at the Business Roundtable,  group of American CEOs that promotes pro-business public policies.  The full transcript of his talk, including questions and answers is here. As part of a longer answer to a general question on the global economy, Obama mentioned bilateral [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

The Marrakesh Treaty: an EIFL Guide for Libraries

Lun, 08/12/2014 - 12:18
[Electronic Information for Libraries, Link, (CC-BY)]  In June 2013, member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the “Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled”. Libraries are key to the success of the treaty for two main reasons. Throughout the world, [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]