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The Globalization of Intellectual Property Rights

Vie, 30/01/2015 - 16:33
Authors: Andrea Filippetti and Daniele Archibugi Abstract: There is a heated debated – in academia and in policy circles – about the usefulness of a stronger global regime of intellectual property rights (IPRs). Supporters of strong IPRs argue that they will increase investments in R&D and innovation and disseminating it across countries. Detractors respond that [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Response of Indian Patient and Civil Society Groups to the Prime Minister’s Statement on IPRs

Mié, 28/01/2015 - 11:23
For further information, contact: Anand Grover: Dinesh Abrol: Following Prime Minister Modi’s statement at the US-India Business Council yesterday that “India is ready to accept suggestions made by a joint working group with the United States on intellectual property rights,” patient and civil society groups have responded: “It is now clear that the [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Copyright Reform: The European Parliament Must Follow the Reda Report!

Lun, 26/01/2015 - 19:06
[La Quadrature du Net, Link, (CC-BY-SA)]  Yesterday, MEP Julia Reda presented in the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament a report on the harmonization of copyright in Europe. She tables modest but welcome proposals for a reform of copyright, several of which have been supported by La Quadrature du Net. Noting that [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Letter to President Obama: Promote Health In India, Not Narrow Pharma IP Interests

Dom, 25/01/2015 - 23:55
[Joint Letter from 12 American NGOs]  We write as American organizations in advance of your trip to India this month to ask you to support India’s central role in providing high-quality, low-cost generic medicines—which are essential for health care around the world. Recent U.S. policy stances have sought to topple parts of India’s intellectual property [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

American University Event: Convergence and Divergence in Mega-Regional Trade and Investment Agreements

Vie, 23/01/2015 - 13:47
January 26, 2015 | 9:30 – 2:30 American University School of International Service Printable agenda & directions (PDF) Co-hosted by the AU School of International Service and AU Washington College of Law’s Program on International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy The event will be streamed live at This conference will explore the challenges posed by [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

MEP Julia Reda: EU Copyright Rules Are Maladapted to the Increase of Cross-Border Cultural Exchange on the Web

Vie, 23/01/2015 - 13:18
[Press Release  from, Link, (CC-BY)] EU copyright rules are maladapted to the increase of cross-border cultural exchange facilitated by the Internet, an upcoming European Parliament own-initiative report evaluating 2001’s copyright directive finds. The draft released today by Julia Reda, MEP for the German Pirate Party, lays out an ambitious reform agenda for the overhaul [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Can You Copyright a Tweet?

Vie, 23/01/2015 - 13:02
[Reposted from, Link, CC-BY-NC)]  Some weeks ago I was asked to comment on whether tweets are subject to copyright protection. Unsurprisingly, this is a common question that gets asked over and over again, as some of the information online is contradictory and misleading, or refers to other jurisdictions. Do we have an answer in [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Here Come the Trade Secret Trolls

Jue, 22/01/2015 - 11:28
As you may have noticed last night in the SOTU, trade secrecy (and trade secret law reform) remains on the national radar screen. Thus, I’m pleased to report that Sharon Sandeen and I have co-authored Here Come the Trade Secret Trolls, published today in the Washington & Lee Law Review Online: The abstract is below: Within [...]
Categorías: Free Culture [en]

Torrent site Blockages Are Disproportional, Greek Court Rules

Mié, 21/01/2015 - 12:45
[Ernesto, TorrentFreak, Link (CC-BY-NC)]   A Greek anti-piracy group has lost its bid to have various torrent sites blocked by local Internet providers. The Athens Court ruled that barring access to torrent sites such as KickassTorrents and The Pirate Bay is disproportionate and unconstitutional, while hindering the ISPs’ entrepreneurial freedoms. Site blocking actions have become relatively [...]
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Announcing the Institutional Partner for the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest 2015

Mar, 20/01/2015 - 14:15
As you might know, the Centre for Internet and Society, India will be hosting the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest at New Delhi, India. We’re pleased to welcome on board National Law University, New Delhi (“NLU-D”), as our Institutional Partner.  NLU-D will be the venue for the Congress, later this [...]
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Copyright for Creativity – A Manifesto for Change

Mar, 20/01/2015 - 12:28
Will 2015 be the year of European copyright reform? [Theresa Hackett, EIFL, Link (CC-BY)]  “Copyright divide in numbers”, the graph on the first page of the newly launched ‘The Copyright Manifesto. How the European Union should Support Innovation and Creativity through Copyright Reform’ tells a story. In an illustration of the results of the European [...]
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Disability Exceptions in Copyright Legislations

Mar, 20/01/2015 - 01:30
[Rishika for the Centre for Internet and Society, Link (CC-BY)]  In the year 2006, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conducted a study on different national approaches to copyright exception for persons with disabilities. Over 60 countries have an exception in their Copyright laws permitting conversion of works into accessible formats for the benefit of [...]
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USTR Request for Public Comment and Announcement of Public Hearing for the 2015 Special 301 Review

Mar, 20/01/2015 - 00:40
[Federal Register Notice from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Link]  …USTR is hereby requesting written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection… Dates/Deadlines: The schedule and deadlines [...]
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