[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - October 29, 2012

Mike Palmedo mike.palmedo at gmail.com
Mon Oct 29 08:04:29 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup

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*U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Kirtsaeng v. Wiley*

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled today to hear oral arguments in
Kirtsaeng v. Wiley, a case which revisits the relationship between the
Copyright Act’s limits on importation of a copyrighted work without
permission and the first sale doctrine. Supap Kirtsaeng helped to finance
his doctorate in mathematics by having friends and family send him copies
of textbooks sold at a lower price in Thailand and then selling them in the
United States. Although these books were lawfully purchased in Thailand,
Kirtsaeng was sued by John Wiley & Sons for copyright infringement. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27600>

*Petition: New Course for Pan African Intellectual Property Organization
Urgently Needed*

[Ahmed Abdel Latif] In 2006, an Extraordinary Conference of the African
Ministers of Council on Science and Technology meeting in Cairo mooted the
idea of establishing a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organization
(PAIPO). Since then, nothing much has been publicly discussed about the
nature and scope of this organization until the ‘final’ draft for PAIPO
statute surfaced recently for adoption by the 5th African Union Ministerial
Conference on Science & Technology (AMCOST V) meeting Nov 12 – 16 2012 in
Congo (Brazzaville). The draft statute as it currently stands grants PAIPO
significant powers in regulating IP in Africa. However, it also advances a
narrow view of IP as an “end in itself” which does not take on board many
of the critical public policy objectives in the areas of public health and
access to knowledge that African countries have played a key role in
pushing forward at the international level. Click here for

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*Open Source Drug Discovery in Practice: A Case Study*

[Abstract reposted from the PLoS Journal of Neglected and Tropical
Diseases.]  Authors: Christine Årdal and John-Arne Røttingen. Background:
Open source drug discovery offers potential for developing new and
inexpensive drugs to combat diseases that disproportionally affect the
poor. The concept borrows two principle aspects from open source computing
(i.e., collaboration and open access) and applies them to pharmaceutical
innovation. By opening a project to external contributors, its research
capacity may increase significantly. To date there are only a handful of
open source R&D projects focusing on neglected diseases. We wanted to learn
from these first movers, their successes and failures, in order to generate
a better understanding of how a much-discussed theoretical concept works in
practice and may be implemented. Click here for

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*Open Access Week*

Last week was Open Access Week, an "an opportunity 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."  For news and recaps of events held around the
world, see openaccessweek.org.

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*Statement by ACT-UP Paris, April, and La Quadrature du Net on IPR
Provisions in European Trade Agreements***

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*[**Joint press release**] *In 2011 and 2012, European citizens took to the
streets to protest against secret negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement (ACTA <http://www.april.org/en/ACTA>) that threatened their
fundamental freedoms. This led to a massive rejection of the agreement in
the European Parliament in last July. The message was clear: no repressive
measures without a democratic debate by our elected representatives.
Nevertheless, the European Commission and the Member States are still
trying to force the adoption of repressive measures that undermine
fundamental freedoms, under the cover of trade agreements kept secret. The
Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA), the India-EU, Thailand-EU, Moldavia-EU
Free Trade Agreements, etc.: all these agreements might include
dispositions harmful for Internet users’s rights, access to essential drugs
or the use of free software. Click here for

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*Statement of Sean Flynn on Implementation of US-Panama Free Trade Agreement

[Sean Flynn] The latest example of the serious threats of U.S. free trade
agreement implementation to balanced intellectual property systems in
developing countries was announced by USTR today. In an exchange of
letters, the U.S. has blessed the implementation of Panama’s FTA
commitments on copyright that threaten the business models of some of the
largest U.S. corporations – from Google to Ebay, Facebook to Netflix. Just
prior to the FTA implementation, Panama sought to comply with the FTA
requirements on copyright by passing a new law creating copyright
protections on temporary storage on the internet, with no protection for
the kind of buffer copies necessary for popular and fully licensed
streaming services, while at the same time removing its broad fair use
rights and adding a provision that all limitations and exceptions in its
law must be strictly interpreted. Click here for

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