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Creative Commons: State of the Commons

25 Noviembre, 2014 - 12:40
Millions of creators around the world use CC licenses to give others permission to use their work in ways that they wouldn’t otherwise be allowed to. Those millions of users are the proof that Creative Commons works. But measuring the size of the commons has always been a challenge. There’s no sign-up to use a CC license, and no central repository or catalog of CC-licensed works. So it’s impossible to say precisely how many licensed works there are, how many people are using Creative Commons licenses, where those people are located, or how they’re using them. With this report, we’re taking a big step toward better measuring the size of the commons. We’re also sharing all of the data and methodologies that we used to find these numbers, and making a commitment to hone and update these findings in the months and years to come. We’re also telling the stories of events from 2014 that have impacted the size, usability, and relevance of the commons.
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The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Protocol on Patents: Implications for Access to Medicines

24 Noviembre, 2014 - 15:42
Research Paper 56. South Centre. LINK TO FULL PAPER on SOUTHCENTRE.INT Executive Summary: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) suffers from numerous communicable and non-communicable diseases, with significant socio-economic effects, and adversely impacting the development prospects of countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these diseases are treatable but access to affordable medicines remains a huge challenge in the [...]
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Solutions to Improve Access to Medicines and Biomedical Innovation Through EU Trade and R&D Policy

24 Noviembre, 2014 - 11:48
[Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign] The European Union’s (EU) free trade and research and development (R&D) policies promote excessive intellectual property (IP) protection. This approach jeopardises access to affordable, needed medicines and impedes needs-driven biomedical innovation. Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign and our partners at HAI Europe and Oxfam are offering policy-makers seven straight-forward solutions [...]
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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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