[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - September 29, 2014

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Sep 29 13:39:15 PDT 2014

Infojustice Roundup 


Australian Competition Policy Review: Excerpt on Intellectual Property
and International Trade Agreements


[Excerpt from draft report] ...As a net importer of IP, and likely to
remain so, our ability to access IP protected by rights granted in other
countries will be important to ensure that Australia can reap the
benefits of the digital economy. That said, it is also important that
commitments regarding the extent of IP protection in Australia are based
on the best interests of Australians and these should be established
through an independent cost-benefit analysis. Click here for more.


President Obama Commits to Promote Open Educational Resources


[Creative Commons-USA] Last week, President Obama spoke at the United
Nations Open Government Partnership, where he described his
Administration's efforts to "open up government data to fuel
entrepreneurship and economic growth, modernize our Freedom of
Information Act with input from experts, and harness American ingenuity
to solve important problems." During his speech he made a new commitment
to "promote open educational resources to help teachers and students
everywhere." Click here for more.


Copyright and the Architecture of Digital Delivery


[Dan Burk] Copyright law is largely a response to new media: from the
printing press through radio, photocopiers, and digital computers,
changes in copyright reflect the increased public availability of
information reproduction technologies. But while the exclusive rights
conferred by copyright are shaped by the technologies they respond to,
the opposite is also true: technology is shaped in response to the
requirements of copyright, altering or innovating designs to either
avoid or accommodate the demands of the law. Click here for more.


Effect of Piracy on Adoption of Technological Innovation 


[Vibhanshu Abhishek, Rahul Telang, and Yi Zhang] Abstract: Advances in
technology have enabled producers of entertainment goods to reach
customers in innovative ways. However, new technologies also make it
easier for users to infringe on the content. Producers argue that piracy
hurts their ability to innovate, while critics argue that piracy acts as
a leveler and encourages consumer friendly innovation. In this paper, we
explore the interplay of piracy and technology adoption based on a
dynamic model. Click here for more.


WIPO, WTO, and WHO to Hold Joint Event on Medical Technologies in
Middle-Income Countries


[Joint press release] This fourth trilateral technical symposium will
look at some of the opportunities and challenges in middle-income
countries. While they are catching up in the area of biomedical
innovation and industrial development, they are also facing challenges
in ensuring access to innovative health products for their populations.
Among others issues, the symposium will discuss: why rating countries
solely according to their incomes does not reflect the public health
situation for the majority of the poor; which public policies are
available to ensure economic growth helps achieve universal health
coverage; and how to promote innovation while ensuring access to new
products. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/33321>  

Webcast of Sep 24: Plain Packaging for the Pacific Rim - The
Trans-Pacific Partnership and Tobacco Control


Last week, Australia National University Professor Matthew Rimmer gave a
lecture at American University, in which he argued that Big Tobacco has
been engaged in a dark, shadowy plot and conspiracy to hijack the
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) and undermine tobacco control
measures - such as graphic health warnings and the plain packaging of
tobacco products. American University law professor Christine Farley
spoke as a commenter.  Click here to view the webcast.




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