[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - June 15, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jun 15 12:59:44 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup  


India Must Consider the Impact of RCEP on Access to Medicines in
Developing Countries


[Loon Gangte] The eighth round of negotiation for the Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership[1] (RCEP)  trade agreement is taking
place in Kyoto, Japan and negotiators are meeting to discuss
intellectual property provisions. That Japan is representing the private
interests of pharmaceutical companies by pushing TRIPS-plus intellectual
property (IP) provisions in RCEP negotiations is evident. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34561> 


New Issue Brief on Fair Use in Text and Data Mining


[Krista Cox] ARL has a new issue brief on fair use in text and data
mining. The brief describes the role and usefulness of text and data
mining, a short background on fair use, and analysis of fair use,
including eight cases that support the use of fair use in text and data
mining. This brief is available here.


TPP Leak Clarifies Application to Medicare Drug Prices


[Sean Flynn] A new leak of text from the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement contains new language - not included in any other trade
agreement - clarifying application of trade law disciplines on drug
pricing programs in the U.S. Two previous agreements - with Korea and
with Australia - contained restrictions on drug pricing programs, but
were often thought not apply to any U.S. program. The texts of those
agreements left any U.S. application ambiguous. But new language in the
TPP leak makes clear the application of disciplines to "The Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with respect to CMS's role in making
Medicare national coverage determinations." Click here for more.


See also:  Brook Baker,  Health GAP. Trans-Pacific Partnership
Transparency for the Big Pharma Wrecking Crew. Link.


Hollywood Creative Accounting: The Success Rate of Major Motion Pictures


[Sergio Sparviero] Abstract: Academic, trade, and popular publications
commonly assert that 80 percent of motion pictures fail to make a net
profit, suggesting also that the main players of the motion picture
industry operate in highly volatile market conditions. More importantly,
major film companies use this argument to negotiate for better terms
with their production and distribution partners, to lobby for stricter
copyright protections, and to argue in favor of media conglomeration as
a hedge against adverse market conditions. This article disputes these
assertions by calculating the full range of income that major motion
pictures derive from their primary and secondary markets. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34588> 


Sen. Jeff Sessions to Obama: Release the TPP Text Related to Its "New
Transnational Governance Structure"


[Mike Palmedo] Earlier this month, Senator Jeff Sessions wrote President
Obama to ask him to make a section of the TPP public - the section that
creates a "new transnational governance structure known as the Trans
Pacific Partnership Commission" which would "have the authority to amend
the agreement after its adoption, to add new members, and to issue
regulations impacting labor, immigration, environmental and commercial
policy." Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34578> 


World Health Organization Statement on Proposed Extension of TRIPS
Transition Period for Least Developed Countries


[WHO statement at the WTO TRIPS Council] ...Being exempted from granting
patents allows least developed countries to either locally produce or to
import generic products even when those are still under patent in other
countries. This can help countries in expanding  health coverage by
allowing the health sector to rely on more affordable generic suppliers
... WHO welcomes and supports the LDC request for extension as part of
an overall effort to facilitate access to essential medicines in these
countries and urges the Council for TRIPS to favourably consider this
request. Click here for the full statement.





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