[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - May 29, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue May 29 13:35:28 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup  
Intellectual Property and the Public Interest


World Health Assembly Debates Convention on R&D for Neglected Diseases


Last week, the 65th World Health Assembly debated proposals to increase
and coordinate funding for research and development into diseases that
affect the world's poor.  The debate focused on the report of the
Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development:
Financing and Coordination.  The report noted the failure of the current
international IP system to incentivize research into diseases that
disproportionally affect people in developing countries and recommended
a binding convention on R&D into neglected diseases.  At the Assembly,
developed countries resisted calls for a binding convention.  A
resolution was passed that called upon the Director General of the World
Health Organization to hold "an open-ended Members States meeting in
order to analyze thoroughly the report and the feasibility of the
recommendations proposed by the CEWG."  The resolution also calls on
Member States and others to increase their investments in R&D into
neglected diseases, and to hold national level consultations to discuss
the CEWG report. Click here for more.


Analysis of the Indian Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012


[by Pranesh Prakash] The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2012 has been passed
by both Houses of Parliament, and will become law as soon as the
President gives her assent and it is published in the Gazette of India.
While we celebrate the passage of some progressive amendments to the
Copyright Act, 1957 - including an excellent exception for persons with
disabilities - we must keep in mind that there are some regressive
amendments as well. In this blog post, I will try to highlight those
provisions of the amendment that have not received much public attention
(unlike the issue of lyricists' and composers' 'right to royalty').
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/26243> 


Creative Commons Video and Report on World Bank Panel on Open Access
Policy and Development 


[by Timothy Vollmer] On Monday, the World Bank hosted an event called
What the World Bank's Open Access Policy Means for Development (you can
view the video recording of the event at the link or embedded below).
Participants included Peter Suber from Harvard University, Michael
Carroll from American University (Mike is on the Board of Directors at
Creative Commons), and Cyril Muller and Adam Wagstaff from the World
Bank. The discussion was timely given the Bank's recently-announced Open
Access Policy and Open Knowledge Repository. We blogged about the Bank's
announcement of these two great initiatives. The World Bank's Open
Access Policy requires that all research outputs and knowledge products
published by the Bank be licensed Creative Commons Attribution license
(CC BY) as a default. Click here for the video and full report.


"Heavy-handed" TPP tactics from US Trade Representative


[by Peter Maybarduk] At the TPP negotiations' official stakeholder
briefing held on May 13th outside Dallas, USTR announced that...
negotiators of chapters that are taking time for review and input are
now getting a little punishment. For example, intellectual property
negotiators who have been appropriately scrutinizing proposals that
would transform their countries' laws regarding generic medicines,
internet freedom and much more have reportedly been dragged before the
assembled Chiefs more than once to face pointed questions about what's
taking so long. USTR is driving this new tactic, which even the US Chief
Negotiator described as a more "heavy-handed approach." Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/26253> 


Malaysian Compulsory License


Earlier this month, the Malaysian AIDS council, an umbrella group of 49
civil society groups, asked the Malaysian Minister of Health to begin a
government sponsored program to provide second line treatment to people
with HIV/AIDS.  In order to make this feasible, the Council requested
that the Ministry grant a compulsory license for patents related to
Lopinavir+Ritonavir, an important antiretroviral sold under the brand
name Kaletra by Abbott.   Click here for more.


Global changes in the production and consumption of culture: A
Greens/EFA conference


[Announcement by the Greens/EFA Alliance] Exploring the new trends in
culture production and consumption across the world is necessary to be
able to build the future policies needed to promote creation and access
to knowledge. While the issue of copyright and the Internet has often
occupied the debates in the European Parliament during the past years,
offering a very narrow approach to industrial and social realities, we
instead decided to broaden the focus in order to better understand the
changes and challenges. We, thus, invited several analysts and experts,
journalists, researchers and writers, who will speak about the results
of their investigations and reflection; from Hollywood to China, from
Australia back to Europe and to Brussels. Click here for the full


Former Bush Administration Assistant Attorney General Goldsmith Supports
Call to Senate Finance on ACTA


[by Jack Goldsmith] Dozens of scholars have written a letter to complain
about the constitutional basis for President Obama to ratify ACTA...
The administration originally maintained that it had the authority to
join ACTA for the United States as a sole executive agreement, without
authorization from Congress or consent by the Senate...  The Obama
administration has apparently dropped the sole executive agreement
argument and now claims that the Congress authorized him to enter into
ACTA.  Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/25774> 


Dutch Lawmakers Come Out Against ACTA Before EU Parliamentary Committee
Votes;  EDRi Releases EC Meeting Notes


The Associated Press has reported that "Dutch lawmakers adopted a motion
Tuesday urging the government not to sign" ACTA, and that "Lisa Neves
Goncalves - a spokeswoman for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Agriculture and Innovation - said the government had earlier this year
stated it would avoid signing the treaty until it was clear it did not
breach the Dutch or EU constitutions." On May 31, three European
Parliamentary Committees will hold votes on ACTA - Civil Liberties,
Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), Legal Affairs (JURI), and Industry,
Research and Energy (ITRE).  European Digital Rights has posted EC
meeting notes that "provide an extensive guide to the failures of the
European Commission to negotiate effectively on behalf of European
citizens and businesses. They also provide an insight into the ways in
which the Commission's public relations 'spin' seeks to hide these
failures." Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/26270> 


CREATe Founded at the University of Glascow


The University of Glascow has established a new research center - the
Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe).
It is an "interdisciplinary research centre which will engage with key
research challenges in the creative economy relating to copyright, new
business models, and digital transformations. CREATe is a consortium of
research expertise from 7 participating HEIs throughout the UK."  The
University is hiring a new faculty member to serve as the Director of
CREATe. Click here for the announcement.




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