[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - September 23, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Sep 23 11:06:54 PDT 2013


Infojustice Roundup


Conference to Explore Law and Economics of Copyright Users' Rights


[Sean Flynn] Economists and legal experts will join in a public
discussion of the social and economic benefits of copyright users'
rights on September 26 from 2pm at American University Washington
College of Law. The event will bring together top scholars in economics
and law to discuss needs for empirical research on copyright users'
rights to inform law reform processes around the world. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30731> 


Access to Culture and Copyright in Uruguay: #noal218, a Civil Society


[Jorge Gemetto] In early July, the Uruguayan government had included an
article in the Accountability Bill (one omnibus bill that mostly deals
with administrative issues), which extended the term of copyright from
50 to 70 years after the author's death. Article 218 (that was its
number in the bill) was included at the request of the Uruguayan Chamber
of the Record Industry (CUD, in Spanish) in coordination with Uruguay's
General Association of Authors (AGADU, in Spanish), entities that
historically led the copyright law reform, succeeding in imposing
growing restrictions. This time, for the first time, they received a
political setback, due to strong opposition from many sectors. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30748> 


Solving the Orphan Works Problem for the United States


[David Hansen, Kathryn Hashimoto, Gwen Hinze, Pamela Samuelson and
Jennifer Urban]  Abstract: Over the last decade, the problem of orphan
works - i.e., copyrighted works whose owners cannot be located by a
reasonably diligent search - has come sharply into focus as libraries,
archives, and other large repositories of copyrighted works have sought
to digitize and make available their collections online. Although this
problem is certainly not limited to digital libraries, it has proven
especially challenging for these organizations because they hold diverse
collections that include millions of books, articles, letters,
photographs, home movies, films, and other types of works.   Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30740> 


EU-Thailand Free Trade Agreement: Not at the expense of access to


[Act Up-Paris, Oxfam International, Health Action International, &
Action against AIDS Germany] Following the official launch of the
negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the EU and the
Kingdom of Thailand in March 2013, Thai officials and EU negotiators are
meeting this week (16-20 September) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to conduct
a second round of negotiation of a trade agreement that both parties
want to achieve in as little as 18 months. This week, around 5,000
health, consumer, and farming activists from various Thai civil society
networks are taking part in a campaign to defend access to public goods
under this FTA. They are organizing a wide range of activities such as
demonstrations, press conference and meeting with the EU delegation.
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30717> 


Threat of Pharmaceutical-Related IP Investment Rights in the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: An Eli Lilly v. Canada Case Study


[Brook Baker]  After losing two patent cases before the appellate courts
of a Western democracy, should a disgruntled foreign multinational
pharmaceutical company be free take that country to private arbitration
claiming that its expectations of monopoly profits had been thwarted by
the courts' decisions? Should governments continue to negotiate trade
agreements where expansive Intellectual Property-related investor rights
and investor- state dispute settlement (ISDS) are enshrined into hard
law? Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/30735> 




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