[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - April 9, 2012

Mike Palmedo mike.palmedo at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 13:43:00 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup
*Intellectual Property and the Public Interest*

*Open Letter to Colombian Legislature on Pending Copyright Bill*

An open letter signed by over 60 scholars and advocates has been sent to
the leadership of the Colombian legislature regarding its bill to implement
the country's copyright obligations under the Colombia-US Free Trade
Agreement (FTA).  Bill no. 201 of 2012, is currently being fasttracked
through both houses of the legislature.  Says the letter: "we find that
many of the changes that upgrade protection for copyright go beyond what
the FTA requires and are, in fact, more restrictive than U.S. law itself.
Moreover, we note that Colombia’s legislators do not appear to be using
this opportunity to recalibrate the balance between rights holders and
other citizens by introducing flexible limitations and exceptions into
national law, along with stronger safeguards for ownership." Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/9414>

*TPP Negotiations Resume in Santiago, Chile*

The countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership will hold an
intersessional negotiation of the intellectual property chapter this week
in Santiago, Chile.  The Centro de Regulación y Competencia (RegCom),
Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad  de Chile, and PIJIP will host a
public seminar on IP on April 12. Click here for

*Creative Commons Version 4.0 – License Draft Ready for Public Comment*

[Repost from Diane Peters, Creative Commons] “We are pleased to post for
public comment the first discussion draft of version 4.0. This draft is the
product of an extended (and unprecedented) requirements gathering period
involving input from CC affiliates, community and stakeholders. Thanks to
all of you who contributed your valuable time and energy in the policy
discussions and drafting sessions in support of this draft.”  Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/9313>

*Sao Paulo State Bill on Open Education Resources Receives Second

Carolina Rossini reports that the "OER Bill of Sao Paulo state (Brazil) has
received its second 'yes', now from the Commission of Education and
Culture. It has already passed through the Commission of Justice... It is
now going to Commission of Finance and Tax of the House of Sao Paulo... The
bill declares that public funded educational materials and those materials
developed by the state government and its agencies should be OER and foster
the development of open and interoperable repositoriesfor OER in Brazil."  The
law can be accessed

 *Open Textbook Company Sued by Publishers*

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that three textbook publishers
have sued the startup company Boundless Learning, a company that produces
open access textbooks.  The complaint by Pearson, Cengage Learning, and
Macmillan Higher Education states that "“Notwithstanding whatever use it
claims to make of ‘open source educational content,’ Defendant distributes
‘replacement textbooks’ that are created from, based upon, and
overwhelmingly similar to Plaintiffs’ textbooks." Click here for the full
story, and the text of the complaint.

*USTR Releases 2012 NTE Report*

USTR released the 2012 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade
Barriers, which describes trade barriers in the EU, the Arab League, and 58
countries. The report includes "an inventory of the most important foreign
barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct
investment by U.S. persons, and protection of intellectual property rights."
It contains short chapters – usually under 10 pages, with less than one
page on IP - on perceived trade barriers in each of the TPP negotiating
countries.  (It has similar chapters on countries that are implementing
trade agreements, and on most of the countries with which it has engaged in
IP trade disputes). Click here for more.

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