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New Open Access Button Apps Find Free Access to Scientific and Scholarly Research

22 Octubre, 2014 - 11:03
Open Access Button press release, Link, CC-BY Joseph McArthur, +447732634892 | London, England. The Open Access Button today launched a suite of new apps to help researchers, patients, students and the public get access to scientific and scholarly research. People use research everyday to create scientific and medical advances, understand culture, and fuel the [...]
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In Georgia State University E-Reserves Case, Eleventh Circuit Endorses Flexible Approach to Fair Use

21 Octubre, 2014 - 11:13
Reposted from Association of Research Libraries’ Policy Notes blog, Link, CC-BY On Friday, October 17, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit released its long-awaited decision in the Georgia State University (GSU) e-reserves case.Some key takeaways from the majority opinion include: Affirms that fair use is applied on a case-by-case basis; Rejects bright-line rules, such as using a [...]
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Bolivia Discusses Collective Management Issues

20 Octubre, 2014 - 13:24
[Cross posted from Fundación Karisma, Link, (CC-BY)] In Bolivia, La Paz’s City Council is discussing the “Municipal Autonomy Bill No. 100,” which seeks to create mechanisms to ensure the protection of the public performance right of musical works via strengthening collecting society system. The draft law has generated considerable public discontent in Bolivian society because [...]
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International Open Access Week Shines Spotlight on Increasing the Impact of Scientific Research

20 Octubre, 2014 - 12:15
Generation Open” Theme Highlights Students and Early Career Researchers SPARC Press Release Contact: Ranit Schmelzer Phone:  202.538.1065 Email: Washington, DC – Hundreds of events will take place across the globe to highlight the power that Open Access has to increase the impact of scientific and scholarly research during the seventh annual Open Access Week [...]
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National Summit Demands Immediate Patent Law Reform to Bring Down Prices of Medicines

20 Octubre, 2014 - 10:34
[Treatment Action Campaign, Link, (CC-BY)] October 20th, 2014—PRETORIA: Patients, doctors and members of civil society meet today with government experts to plot a course for quickly reforming South Africa’s patent laws, so that people can access the life-saving medicines they need at affordable prices. The National Summit on Intellectual Property (IP) and Access to Medicines [...]
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No Logo: Brand Bullies, Trade Mark Law, and The Trans-Pacific Partnership

17 Octubre, 2014 - 14:49
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a sweeping trade agreement, spanning the Pacific Rim, and covering an array of topics, including intellectual property. There has been much analysis of the recently leaked intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership by WikiLeaks. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief, observed “The selective secrecy surrounding the TPP negotiations, which has let in [...]
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Wikileaks Reveals How Obama Parrots Big Pharma’s Monopoly Demands in Transpacific Trade Negotiations

17 Octubre, 2014 - 14:36
Access to New AIDS, TB, and Hepatitis C Medicines Threatened For Immediate Release Health GAP (Global Access Project) Contact: Paul Davis: +1 202 817 0129 Wikileaks has released a 77-page document revealing the negotiation positions of the twelve Pacific rim countries locked in negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The leaks reveal nothing [...]
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Trans Pacific Partnership Leak Would Ban Internet TV

17 Octubre, 2014 - 12:13
Today’s leak of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement intellectual property chapter includes a controversial provision aimed at preventing every country in the world from permitting internet television services like Aereo. Provision QQ.G.ZZ, p. 38 states: [US/SG/PE propose: CL/VN/MY/NZ/MX/CA/BN/JP oppose: No Party may permit the retransmission of television signals (whether terrestrial, cable, or satellite) on the [...]
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New Leaked TPP Text on Intellectual Property

16 Octubre, 2014 - 10:51
Today, Wikileaks has released a draft text of the Trans Pacific Partnership intellectual property chapter, dated May 14, 2014.  This is the most up-to-date source for the text, which is kept secret by negotiators, despite numerous calls for its release.  (The previous leak, upon which much of the recent TPP analysis was based, was from [...]
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India Shoots Unilateral USTR Action Down; Looks Towards Bilateral Talks

16 Octubre, 2014 - 10:01
[Swaraj Paul Barooah, SpicyIP, reposted from  with author's permission]  In a very welcome and quick response to USTR’s Special 301 Out of Cycle Review (OCR) process for India that opened for comments a couple of days ago (October 14th), the Government of India has told the American authorities that they will not be cooperating with [...]
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Postcard from the Open Educational Resources Workshop in Porto

15 Octubre, 2014 - 14:41
[Reposted from, Link, (CC-BY)]  At the very beginning of October, Creative Commons’ OER policy project organised a two-day workshop in Porto, gathering 15 Open Education enthusiasts, educators, advisors, lawyers and experts on Creative Commons licensing.  Apart from representatives from CC Sweden, CC Spain, CC Poland, CC Netherlands and of course CC Portugal, we were [...]
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Global study finds citizens want balanced copyright rules that respect creators, prioritize free expression, and reject Internet censorship

15 Octubre, 2014 - 14:06
[Open Media press release, Link, (CC-BY-NC-SA)]  Citizens from across the globe want balanced copyright rules that are shaped democratically, respect creators, and prioritize free expression. That’s the message of Our Digital Future: A Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression, a new report launched today by community-based OpenMedia. The overall consultation process took place over 2 years [...]
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El Salvador Becomes the Second Nation to Ratify the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired

13 Octubre, 2014 - 13:57
El Salvador has become the second country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.  Minister of  Economy Tharsis Solomon López submitted the notification on October 1. So far, the only other country to ratify the treaty has been India, which [...]
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A Unilateral Declaration of Digital Human Rights Dangerously Mistakes Personal Data and Creative Work

10 Octubre, 2014 - 10:57
[La Quadrature du Net, Link, (CC-BY-SA)] French civil society organisations April, Creative Commons France, Framasoft, La Quadrature du Net, Libertic, Open Knowledge Foundation France, République Citoyenne and SavoirsCom1 denounce Forum d’Avignon‘s Preliminary Declaration of the Digital Human Rights which dangerously confuses personal data with creative work. Paris, 8 October 2014 — In November 2013, the [...]
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Inconvenient Truths About Foreign Online Pharmacies

10 Octubre, 2014 - 09:57
I wrote an op ed for The Hill ‘Congress Blog’ about the continuation of  a PhRMA-funded effort to prevent access by consumers to lower cost international online pharmacies.  They seem to have a new eye for extending criminal penalties for the sale of safe, genuine generic AND even brand medication through parallel trade. Over-zealous enforcement [...]
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Open Access Week 2014 Kick Off Event at the World Bank: Generation Open

9 Octubre, 2014 - 10:44
[Andrea Higginbotham, Open Access Week, Link (CC-BY)] On Monday, October 20th, from 3:00 to 4:00pm EDT, SPARC and the World Bank will co-host the official kickoff event for International Open Access Week 2014 with a reception to follow.  The event will be held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, DC with a [...]
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