[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - June 8, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jun 8 12:48:49 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup  


Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Texts Leaked


Today KEI posted two more leaked proposals for the IP chapter of the
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a trade agreement
among Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos,
Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South
Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. The four proposals leaked to date are from
Japan <http://keionline.org/node/2173> , Korea
<http://www.keionline.org/node/2239> , India
.pdf> , and ASEAN
IP%20Text-10Oct2014.pdf> .


*         James Love. Knowledge Ecology International. New leaks from
RECP negotiations on IP, India and ASEAN proposals. Link

*         Jeremy Malcolm, EFF. Meet RCEP, a Trade Agreement in Asia
That's Even Worse Than TPP or ACTA. Link

*         Belinda Townsend, Deborah Gleeson and Ruth Lopert. The
Conversation. RCEP: The Trade Agreement You've Never Heard of But Should
Be Concerned About. Link <http://infojustice.org/archives/34542> 


ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation - Council on Library and Information


[Brandon Butler] Last week an exciting new (free!) book was published to
provide expert advice on a wide range of issues relevant to anyone who
cares about (and especially those who care for) sound recordings. The
ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation was made under the auspices of the
Association for Recorded Sound Collections and the Council on Library
and Information Resources with funding from the Library of Congress. I
have two contributions about the legal dimensions of this important
work. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34532> 


Who Should Own Big Data?


[Sara Bannerman] Big data has a lot to offer, from curing disease to
fostering economic development to fostering transparency.  At the same
time, from government mass surveillance to data leaks, the misuses of
big data seem as pervasive as its uses. Who owns big data?  What rights
do-and should-its owners have over what is done with it? Two different
answers to this question have been posed.  The first would allow free
use of big data for non-profit scientific research.  The second would
release IP control of big data for commercial research also. Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34537> 


Leading Health Organisations Join Fight for Affordable Medicines:
Expanded coalition calls for urgent approval of National Policy on
Intellectual Property


[Lotti Rutter] Last week, patient groups and other leading health
organisations in South Africa have joined the Fix the Patent Laws
campaign to push for reform of the country's current patent laws that
severely restrict access to affordable medicines for all people living
in South Africa. Together, they call on the government to urgently
finalise a National Policy on Intellectual Property that champions
measures to reduce prices and increase access to a wide range of
medicines for people in need across South Africa. Click here for more.


Copyright Office Releases Report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization;
Recommends Burdensome Legislation 


[Krista Cox] On June 4, 2015, the Copyright Office released its Report
on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, including recommendations for
legislation on orphan works and the creation of an extended collective
licensing (ECL) regime for mass digitization... The Copyright Office's
report asserts that "the orphan works problem is widespread and
significant" and that "anyone using an orphan work does so under a legal
cloud, as there is always the possibility that the copyright owner could
emerge after the use commenced and seek substantial infringement
damages, an injunction, and/or attorneys' fees." Click here for more.


Cross-Border Copyfight: European Libraries Re-Thinking the InfoSoc


[Karolina Andersdotter] Abstract: This master's thesis focuses on the
argumentation of library organisations and European national libraries
in their contributions to the European Commission's public consultation
on the review of the EU copyright rules. This study aims to explain how
the debate around copyright limitations and exceptions is constructed in
library stakeholders' contributions. The construction is explained
through argumentation analysis and a theoretical framework of the
relations between structural, instrumental, and discursive power. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34528> 


Confidential USTR Emails Show Close Industry Involvement In TPP


[William New] While a full range of stakeholders would be affected by
the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement under
secret negotiation by the United States and a dozen trading partners,
corporate representatives have had a special seat at the negotiating
table, as shown by hundreds of pages of confidential emails from the US
Trade Representative's office obtained by Intellectual Property Watch.
The emails give a rare and fascinating perspective on how policy is
developed in the trade office. Click here for the full story on IP


Indian Copyright Law and Anti-Circumvention Provisions: Can a Please-All
Regime Meet The Global Yardsticks?


[V.K. Unni] Abstract: Indian Copyright law, which has been in existence
for more than 165 years, is on the verge of a major transformation
triggered by rapid advancements in technology. In 2012, the law was
amended to incorporate the Technology Protection Measures (TPMs)
mandated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Copyright Treaty. This article examines in detail various provisions of
the amendments on TPMs in the light of the WIPO Treaty, Digital
Millennium Copyright Act provisions and the EU Copyright Directive. It
explains the rationale behind the unique provisions under the amendment,
the various internal and external factors which influenced the Indian
policy makers, compatibility of the Indian provisions with global
practices and the approach of the judiciary, which is going to play a
crucial role in cases involving protection of TPMs. Click here for the
full paper on SSRN.


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