[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - March 31, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Mar 31 06:24:36 PDT 2014

Infojustice Roundup 


Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Approves Marco Civil Bill


[Luiz Fernando Moncau and Pedro Nicoletti Mizukami] At around 9pm today,
March 25th 2014, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies finally voted in
favor of approving the Marco Civil bill. The text, which can be read
8705&filename=Tramitacao-PL+2126/2011>  (in Portuguese), will now be
sent to the Federal Senate for deliberation, and later returned to the
Chamber of Deputies before it can be sanctioned by President Dilma
Rousseff. Marco Civil, which is the first major Brazilian law on
Internet rights-including provisions on net neutrality and intermediary
liability-was modified several times by rapporteur Dep. Alessandro Molon
(Worker's Party, Rio de Janeiro), so that consensus could be reached in
the Chamber of Deputies. It was a complicated process. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32527> 


New Zealand, Plain Packaging, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership


[Matthew Rimmer] The New Zealand Parliament is considering the adoption
of plain packaging of tobacco products with the introduction of the
Smoke-Free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill 2014
(NZ). There has been strong support for the measure amongst the major
parties - including the National Party; the Maori Party; the Labor
Party; and the Greens. The New Zealand parliamentary debate has
considered matters of public health and tobacco control; the role of
intellectual property law; and the operation of international trade and
investment law. Click here for more.


See also: "Thousands Protest TPPA," in the New Zealand Herald. (Link


Sign-On Letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Urging Challenge
of U.S. Trade Pressures at the WTO


[28 Indian Civil Society Groups and Individuals] We the undersigned
organizations and individuals are writing this letter to urge you to
reject the pressure tactics of the United States (US) administration
against India and to resist and challenge such US unilateral threats at
multilateral forum. The unilateral pressure by US administration on
India, at the behest of US Business Associations lobby through U.S.
International Trade Commission (USITC) investigations and request to
USTR to enlist India under Priority Foreign Country under Special 301
review lacks legitimacy under WTO framework. They are also in conflict
with WTO legal obligations and these unilateral pressure and threat of
sanctions are in violation of legal obligations under WTO framework.
Further these unilateral measures adopted by US to pressure India
undermine the existence of WTO's dispute settlement mechanism. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32547> 


Comments Submitted to USTR on its Public Interest Trade Advisory
Committee Proposal 


*         Representatives Davis and Larsen (Link
<http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Davis-Larsen.pdf> )

*         Sean Flynn, David Flynn, and Margot Kaminiski (Link
<http://infojustice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/PITAC-comment.pdf> )

*         James Love, Knowledge Ecology International (Link
<http://keionline.org/node/1983> )

*         Ellen Shaffer and Joseph Brenner, Center for Policy Analysis
on Trade and Health (Link
f> )

*         Full docket #USTR-2014-0005-0001 on regulations.gov. (Link
<http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USTR-2014-0005-0001> )


Copyright Rules OK? What EIFL Librarians say


[Electronic Information for Libraries]  Libraries in EIFL partner
countries perform a vital role getting reading and other materials into
the hands of people who need information and knowledge for education,
research, health or leisure. The seven point plan submitted by EIFL in
response to the European Commission's Public Consultation on the review
of EU copyright rules highlights some issues that libraries want to see
addressed...  Here are some of the things librarians in EIFL-partner
countries told us for the European Commission consultation. Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32552> 


Industry-Led Tiered-Pricing or Country-Led, Real Equitable Access - the
Global Fund's Task Force Proposal Get Worse Instead of Better


[Brook Baker] On or about March 18, 2014, a third draft of the renamed
"equitable access" proposal was released by Mark Dybul, Executive
Director of the Global Fund, to partners for further input.  If
anything, this third draft, the text of which is attached , is worse
than the previous two drafts... A key intervention mentioned in the
second draft has been deleted, namely IP reform and increased and
coordinated use of TRIPS public health flexibilities. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/32565> 


Recording Industry Reports Growth from User-Generated Content and New
Projects in Emerging Economies


[Mike Palmedo] The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic
Industry) released its annual digital music report last week. It reports
a strong (51.3%) growth in digital subscription services, as well as
growth from ad-supported streaming services. Like previous IFPI digital
music reports, it contains sections describing the industry's efforts
against online infringement, but it also contains sections about its
efforts to adjust to the new online environment. One interesting bit,
reported by the Star, is that "recording industry is making more money
from fan-made mashups, lip-syncs and tributes on YouTube than from
official music videos." Click here for more.


Scare Tactics Over Foreign Drugs


[Gabriel Levitt] An Op-Ed appeared in today's New York Times criticizing
the United States Food and Drug Administration's conflation of
counterfeit drugs with legitimate medications imported by Americans
seeking lower prices for their own use. Click here for the full op-ed in
the New York Times.


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