[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - October 22, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Oct 22 09:57:15 PDT 2012


Infojustice Roundup 

 

Open Access Week Begins Today

 

October 22-28 is Open Access Week, "a global event for the academic and
research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of
Open Access, to share what they've learned with colleagues, and to help
inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in
scholarship and research." Numerous resources, including promotional
materials, FAQs, and a list of events related to Open Access week are
available is available at openaccessweek.org.  There will be a kickoff
event co-hosted by the World Bank and the Scholarly Publishing Academic
and Resources Coalition today at 4pm EST, which will be webcast. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27560>  

 

Notes and Webcast: American University Panels on IP, Trade and
Development

 

On October 16, 2012, PIJIP and Public Citizen co-hosted a
multidisciplinary event on IP, Trade and Development. The first panel
featured Professors Jerome Reichman (Duke), Michael Ryan (Georgetown)
and Walter Park (American). The Second a panel featured David Langdon
(one of the authors of the USPTO Report IP and the U.S. Economy:
Industries in Focus), Joe Damond (BIO), Burcu Kilic (Public Citizen),
and Rashmi Rangnath (Public Knowledge).  The third panel featured a
keynote by Oona Hathaway (Yale) and a comment by Rochelle Dreyfus (NYU).
Click here for webcasts and a summary of the event.
<http://infojustice.org/archives/27551> 

 

Singapore Study on the Economic Effect of Fair Use

 

A new paper by Roya Ghafele and Benjamin Gibert provides empirical
evidence that Singapore's adoption of fair use into its copyright law
had a positive effect on it economy.  The authors examine data from the
private copying industries - defined as "those industries that
manufacture and sell technologies and related electronic components,
infrastructure and services, that enable consumers to record, store and
transmit copyrighted materials for their own personal use" - before and
after Singapore's change in copyright law.  They find growth rates in
these industries increased from -1.97% to +10.18%.  Ghafele and Gibert
also examined the data from the copyright industries, and found a "very
limited" decline in value-added, which was more than offset by the
increase experienced by the private copying industries. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27542> 

 

Ugandan Center for Health Human Rights Publishes Guidelines for Changes
to Industrial Property Bill

 

The Ugandan Center for Health Human Rights and Development has published
a set of Model Provisions to Promote Access to Affordable Medicines in
the country's IP legislation that has been under debate for three years.
The booklet warns that the Industrial Property Bill 2009 "unnecessarily
goes over and above the minimum required standards in protection
inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and other forms of industrial
property," which will impact Ugandans' access to medicines. It contains
clause by clause "some of the adjustments that are needed in the bill in
line with recommendations made by stakeholders at a consultative meeting
held in March 2012. Click here for more.
<http://infojustice.org/archives/27569> 

 

British Columbia to Offer Students Free Textbooks Under Creative Commons
Licenses

 

British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and
Technology has announced that it will "offer students free online, open
textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary courses." The project
will be coordinated by BCcampus, which said in a statement that the
textbooks will be made available for free under Creative Commons
licenses, or available in printed form for a low cost. Executive
Director David Porter explained in a statement that "Open licenses are
integral to making textbooks free for students, and flexible enough for
instructors to customize the material to suit their courses." Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27520> 

 

Where do Music Collections Come From?

 

[Joe Karaganis] In our last installment, we noted that there's a sharp
generational divide (in the US and Germany) in attitudes toward copying
and file sharing, with those under 30 showing more acceptance of these
practices in general and much more acceptance of sharing within
loosely-defined communities of 'friends.'  Not rocket science, right?
But how does that translate into actual behavior?  Here are average
music file collections, divided by age group? Click here for more.
<http://infojustice.org/archives/27529> 

Slow Progress on WIPO Treaty for Copyright Exceptions for People with
Disabilities

 

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization hosted meetings
on the treaty for the visually impaired.  Progress was slow, and
observers are unsure if WIPO will be able to conclude the negotiations
by December as planned.  WIPO released a new text in which many issues
remain unresolved, and to which new bracketed text has been added.  Last
week's negotiations were largely conducted without NGO observers
present. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27565> 

 

 




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