[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - February 11, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Feb 11 09:17:07 PST 2013

Infojustice Roundup 


Postponed Africa IP Forum Scheduled for 26 - 27 February 2013


[Caroline Ncube] The African IP forum which was scheduled for April 2012
and was postponed in response to contested calls for a more balanced
program and representation of views,  has now been scheduled for the
last week of February in 2013. Details for speakers have not yet been
released but the program is available. Click here for more.


Industry and Civil Society Comments for the Special 301 Review  


[Mike Palmedo] The U.S. Trade Representative has posted the comments it
has received for the 2013 Special 301 Review. In all, USTR received 30
comments from American or multinational firms and trade associations;
seven from civil society groups or coalitions of civil society groups;
two from foreign business, and one from an individual.  Foreign
governments have extra time to submit their comments, though the
Panamanian submission is already posted. The civil society submissions
were from Public Knowledge, Consumers International, Health GAP, Public
Citizen, Knowledge Ecology International, and the Karisma Foundation.
Additionally, a joint submission drafted by PIJIP staff and faculty was
signed by eleven civil society groups and individuals. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/28483>  


See also blogs from EFF
s-hear-about-infringement-not-innovation>  and Public Knowledge
importance>  on Special 301.


Indian NGO Letter to Ministry of Commerce: "Making Public Libraries
Accessible to People with Disabilities" 


[Letter from 20 Indian Civil Society Organizations] We, the
organizations representing persons with disabilities listed at the end
of this document would like to bring to your attention for your urgent
remedial action on the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in
accessing public libraries in the country. As you are aware, India has
approximately 150 million persons with disabilities who have the
inalienable fundamental right to life as enshrined in the Constitution
including the right to seek knowledge and education. Public libraries
play a critical role in creating an enabling environment for citizens to
gain knowledge, information and education. This is particularly true in
the case of persons with disabilities who have limited access to
purchase books through mainstream shops due to various barriers
including lack of physical access to shops, lack of availability of
books in accessible formats like Braille, etc.  Click here for more.


The EU Commission's Outrageous Attempt to Avoid Copyright Reform


[Reposted from La Quadrature du Net, CC-BY-SA]  Brussels, 4 Feb 2013 -
Today starts "Licences for Europe", an initiative by the European
Commission to discuss the issues of today's copyright regime. Instead of
planning for a broad reform that would break away with full-on
repression of cultural practices based on sharing and remixing, the
Commission is setting up a parody of a debate. 75% of the participants
to the working-group concerning "users" are affiliated with the
industry1 and the themes and objectives are defined so as to ensure that
the industry has its way and that nothing will change. Through this
initiative, the EU Commission shows its contempt of the many citizens
who participated in defeating ACTA and are still mobilized against
repressive policies. Click here for more.


WTO, WIPO, WHO Joint Report on Health, IP, and Trade


[Mike Palmedo] The World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property
Organization, and World Health Organization jointly released a new
report: "Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation:
Intersections between public health, intellectual property and trade."
The report discusses a number of issues that may be of interest to
readers of this blog, including the link between medicine prices and the
human right to health; the policy framework surrounding innovation for
new medicines; the failure of market based innovation models to spur R&D
for neglected diseases; ways that countries can utilize flexibilities in
TRIPS to maximize access to medicines; and the role of TRIPS-Plus trade
agreements in reducing these flexibilities. Click here for more.


South Korea Inks Copyright Protection Deal With Vietnam 


[Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch] South Korea, has
signed an agreement with Vietnam for stronger collaboration in the area
of copyright protection... A copy of the memorandum of understanding
(MoU) on cooperation in the fields of copyright and related rights was
posted on the official website of Vietnam's Copyright Office on 7
February. "The purpose of this MoU is to establish a collaborative
relation between the parties in the fields of copyright and related
rights, to encourage mutual cooperation in order to protect the rights
of authors and the neighbouring rights, and to promote fair use of works
and to endeavor to improve and develop the culture and creative
industries between the two countries," reads the agreement. Click here
for the full story on IP Watch.




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