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USTR Tells Press that TPP Negotiators Are Down to “A Dozen Issues,” While House Republicans Threaten to Withhold Support

28 Julio, 2014 - 15:13
Inside US Trade reports that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are “down to a dozen issues” in the intellectual property chapter.  However, these are among the most difficult issues remaining. The remaining unsolved issues include intellectual property and access to medicines (which is really a set of different [...]
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Colombian Biology Student Facing Criminal Charges, Possible Jail Time, for Sharing Thesis Without Authorization

28 Julio, 2014 - 11:49
I would like to draw your attention to a copyright case in Colombia in which biology student Diego Gomez is facing criminal charges after sharing a Master Thesis written by another Colombian biologist (without asking for permission) in 2011 on the Internet. We believe this case is evidence of exaggerated criminal copyright laws, and also evidence [...]
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Creative Commons and CCUSA Letter to Department of Education on Open Educational Resources

24 Julio, 2014 - 12:24
[Cross posted from CCUSA, Link (CC-BY)]  Today, Creative Commons and Creative Commons U.S.A. are sending a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supporting the Department of Education’s (DOE) adoption of the Hewlett Foundation’s definition of Open Educational Resources, and asking the Department to require open licenses for works funded by its grants.  The full [...]
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Text of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

23 Julio, 2014 - 11:40
Readers of this blog may be interested in checking out the text of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement, which was signed on July 8.  The intellectual property chapter contains many of the copyright, trademark, and enforcement provisions under debate in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.  It also contains provisions on plant varieties and geographical indications.  [...]
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AIDS Activists Demand New Model for the HIV Response

21 Julio, 2014 - 12:02
[Lotti Rutter, Treatment Action Campaign, Link (CC-BY)]  In 2011, the UN and member states set a goal of reaching 15 million people on AIDS treatment by 2015—a goal many questioned but that will be met next year. Since then, evidence and tools available have changed and it is clear that simply tracking testing and treatment [...]
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Copyright Term Myths and Facts

18 Julio, 2014 - 18:18
[Krista Cox, Association of Research Libraries, Link (CC-BY)] The written testimony of four of the five witnesses speaking at the July 15, 2014 House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty and Copyright Term, address the issue of copyright term. Notably, none of these witnesses suggest that the current term be extended [...]
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Educational Resources Development: Mapping Copyright Exceptions and Limitations in Europe

17 Julio, 2014 - 12:45
[Cross posted from the European Open Edu Policy Project, Link (CC-BY)]  It is well known that the rules that allow for certain educational uses of copyrighted works under certain conditions without permission of the rights’ owners vary greatly between countries. But how different are those rules? And how difficult is to access those differences? Can [...]
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Medicines Patent Pool Signs A Record 7 New Sub-Licenses to Speed Availability of Generic HIV Medicines to Developing Countries

17 Julio, 2014 - 12:38
MPP forges first agreement with a Chinese manufacturer Desano; and with Cipla, Mylan and Micro Labs; Extends Collaborations with Aurobindo, Laurus Labs and Emcure [MPP Press Release, Link (CC-BY-NC-ND)]  Geneva – 17 July 2014.  Three days before the start of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced seven [...]
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Libraries and Archives Leave International Copyright Discussions Empty Handed After Countries Again Fail to Reach Agreement

16 Julio, 2014 - 14:44
[International Federation of Library Associations, Link (CC-BY)] Discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally [...]
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Congressional Testimony on “Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term”

15 Julio, 2014 - 11:23
[Cross posted from Creative Commons-USA, Link, (CC-BY)]  Chairman Coble, Ranking Member Nadler, Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Subcommittee, my name is Michael Carroll, and I am a member of the faculty at American University Washington College of Law, where I direct the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and serve [...]
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