[A2k] Jeremy Malcolm: Public comment draft a3k amendments for US guidelines for consumer protection

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Wed Jun 1 02:04:15 PDT 2011

From: Jeremy Malcolm <jeremy at ciroap.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:16:18 +0800
Subject: Public comment draft of A2K amendments for UN Guidelines for
Consumer Protection
A new international instrument on Access to Knowledge (A2K) could be
in the wings, with the first public release of a draft set of proposed
amendments to the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection.
These forward-looking A2K provisions are the culmination of months of
online and face-to-face collaboration by Consumers International
members from around the world.

The draft A2K amendments are now officially open for broader public
comment at http://A2Knetwork.org/guidelines.

The UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection, which recently celebrated
their 25th year, are a "soft law" statement of principles for consumer
protection policy.  From this document, the global consumer movement
has drawn its eight consumer rights, which include the right to
safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the right to
be heard.

In proposing A2K as the next area to be added to the Guidelines by the
UN, we have drafted amendments to:

Set minimum standards for essential copyright limitations and
exceptions for consumers.
Stop suppliers from using technology to cripple digital products or
unreasonably limit the ways in which consumers can use them.
Promote a permissive approach to copyright to facilitate
non-commercial creativity by consumers.
Require that the dissemination of consumer safety information, and
consumer-facing codes and standards, is free of copyright constraints.
Prohibit IP rights from being enforced in ways that trample on
consumers' human rights.
Ensure that consumers retain access to their own data in formats that
they can use, and that such data is projected against misuse.

Your input on the draft amendments is invited between now and 31
August 2011.  The online working space for the amendments allows you
to browse the Guidelines section by section, and to attach your
comments to individual paragraphs in a threaded fashion.  All comments
will be taken into account and responded to by the drafting committee.

We look forward to collaborating with you on this important initiative.


Dr Jeremy Malcolm
Project Coordinator
Consumers International
Kuala Lumpur Office for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
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