[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - September 8, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Sep 8 09:42:51 PDT 2014

Infojustice Roundup  


Report on Workshop: Copyright Users Rights and the Clearance Culture in
South African Filmmaking


[South African Screen Federation] Friends of the SASFED were invited to
a workshop on Copyright Users Rights and the Clearance Culture in South
African Filmmaking on August 18... The workshop followed, and reported
back on, research by the partner organisations on documentary filmmaker
views and perceptions on the rights of filmmakers to reuse and transform
material in their filmmaking without licensing restrictions. The
research showed that such practices are common and often thought to be
illegal, but are likely fully within filmmaker user rights. This
workshop featured a roundtable discussion with the researchers on the
outcomes of that research, as well as some of the possible actions that
could be taken supported by it, including taking positions in the
announced revision of the Copyright Act and the production of best
practices statements by filmmaker organisations. Click here for more.


World Blind Union Letter to All Governments on International Literacy
Day: International Literacy - support the Marrakesh Treaty


[World Blind Union]  In June 2013 governments put aside their
differences and agreed an historic, ground-breaking treaty to help us
end the "book famine" in which just a few percent of books are available
in formats we can read. This Treaty must be ratified by at least 20
countries come into force, so that we can actually benefit from it. An
un-ratified treaty is just a piece of paper. Below is our plea to all
the world's governments to finish the job they started in Marrakech, and
allow us to start the job of getting books to people who so badly need
them.  Click here for the full letter on the WBU site.


Ecuador Takes One Step Forward for Health, and One Step Back - Issues
New Compulsory Licenses; Signs Harmful Trade Agreement with the EU


[Luz Marina Umbasia and Peter Maybarduk]  In July, Ecuador issued four
compulsory licenses for medicines targeting cancer and arthritis
treatment and immunological reception to kidney transplant. These
licenses authorize cost-cutting generic competition with patented
medicines, in exchange for royalty payments to the patent holders.
Compulsory licensing is a crucial tool to expand access to medicines
that are prohibitively expensive or whose costs place enormous burdens
on budgets for health systems.  Ecuador has again demonstrated
international leadership by exercising its health rights. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/33230> 


International Chamber of Commerce: Trade Secret Law Should Be
Harmonized, Included in TPP


[Mike Palmedo] As Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators began last
week's round of talks in Hanoi, the International Chamber of Commerce
issued a white paper urging the inclusion of strong trade secret
provisions in the agreement. "Trade Secrets: Tools for Innovation and
Collaboration" argues that trade secret theft has been growing since the
1990s, both within countries and across borders. Stronger protection is
needed in order for businesses to operate within today's systems of
collaborative innovation and cross-border development.  The report
recommends harmonization of trade secret laws around a specific criteria
(much of which is based on current Swedish law). Click here for more.


The Fandom Problem: A Precarious Intersection of Fanfiction and


[Kate Romanenkova] Abstract:  ...The fandom problem - the existence of a
growing body of derivative works based on copyrighted content - is only
a problem if the derivative work right reserved to authors by the 1976
Copyright Act continues to exist in its current state. To be rid of the
fandom problem, some have argued that an exception should be made
specifically for fan works under the fair use doctrine. Such an
exception seems unlikely, however, given the malleable nature of the
doctrine. The better solution to the fandom problem is to revise the
derivative work right to exclude fan works and similar creative content
from the category of infringing. Allowing people to produce creative
work based on ideas of others without fear of a lawsuit would encourage
creativity and "promote the progress of...[the] arts," as envisioned by
the writers of the Constitution. Click here for the full paper on SSRN.


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