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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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The French Government Must Issue a Compulsory License for Sofosbuvir & Seek the Usage of Generics to Treat Hepatitis C

14 Julio, 2014 - 11:40
[ACT-UP Basel Press Release, Link] Act Up-Basel called the French government to learn from the current situation regarding access to new direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) molecules used in the treatment of hepatitis C (HCV), to exercise Article L613 -16 of the Code of Industrial Property on the transmission and loss of patent holder rights to issue [...]
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‘Investor-to-state dispute settlement’ in EU–US trade deal risks access to affordable medicines

14 Julio, 2014 - 10:55
NGO coalition urges European Commission to exclude mechanism from TTIP [Joint press release by eight civil society organizations, PDF]  BRUSSELS—Several European and American health NGOs publicly criticised the inclusion of investor-to-state-dispute-settlement (ISDS) in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) today, warning that it will undermine public health policies of European Union (EU) Member States [...]
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The $500 Million Tip of the TPP Iceberg

13 Julio, 2014 - 13:45
[Meera Nair, Fair Duty, Link (CC-BY)]  ]Last week, international negotiators met in Ottawa to further discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. With the usual shroud of secrecy, few details regarding agenda and outcomes were released for public consumption. Nevertheless, based on a leaked copy of the chapter relating to intellectual property, there is sufficient reason [...]
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TPP Experts Briefing: Informing TPP Negotiators of the Threats of Expanded Copyright Restrictions

11 Julio, 2014 - 16:43
[Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton, EFF, Link (CC-BY)] Due to the unprecedented secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations taking place this week in Ottawa, there was no formal opportunity to engage with negotiators about the concerns that EFF and many others have expressed—over issues such as the extension of copyright protection by 20 years, [...]
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American Bar Association White Paper Calls for New Legislation to Combat “Predatory Foreign Websites”

11 Julio, 2014 - 12:30
The Intellectual Property section of the American Bar Association has called on Congress to craft new legislation to fight infringement by “Predatory Foreign Websites” (PFW). In a white paper titled A Call for Action for Online Piracy and Counterfeiting Legislation, the group makes a number of recommendations, including the creation of a private right of [...]
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Patent Pseudo-Pools and Standards

11 Julio, 2014 - 10:39
American University Professor Jorge Contreras has recently proposed a “pseudo-pool” approach to addressing patent stacking and hold-up concerns for industry standards ( The proposal has attracted some attention, including from the European Commission, which had the following to say in its recent report on patents and standards (European Comm’n, Patents and Standards: A Modern Framework [...]
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