[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - June 22, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jun 22 14:17:00 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup


Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: User
Rights Track Call for Papers


[PIJIP] The User Rights track of the Fourth Global Congress on
Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, to take place in Delhi,
India, December 15-17, 2016, seeks research contributions. The User
Rights track will focus on how law and policy can play a key role in
breaking down barriers to full participation in the digital economy
through expansions of user rights - the rights of users to access, use
and transform digital content to further social, economic, cultural and
political purposes. Click here for more.


The Effects of TRIPS-Plus IP Provisions on Access to Affordable


[Jennifer Reid] The effects of patenting pharmaceutical products on
access to medicines in developing countries are relatively recent as
these countries have only been mandated by [TRIPS] rules to grant
patents on pharmaceuticals since 2005. As a result there are a limited
number of empirical studies documenting these effects. However, patents
grant the patent holder a monopoly on the market that allows the
blocking of price-lowering generic competition and the raising of prices
which restricts affordable access to medicines. Where patent and other
intellectual property barriers do not exist, generic competition has
proven to lower prices of medicines. The attached memo provides numerous
examples where intellectual property rules stronger than those required
by TRIPS have raised the cost of medicines. Click here for more.


Unlocking the Gates of Alexandria: DRM, Competition and Access to


[Ana Carolina Bittar] Abstract: ...Although the main goal of DRMs is to
prevent piracy, this technique can adversely impact other interests,
such as privacy and fair use. This result is apparent in the e-book
market, where it affects competition. More specifically, since each
bookseller uses a different proprietary DRM scheme on their ebooks,
compatible with a limited number of reading platforms, consumers face
problems with interoperability. For example, a Kindle owner cannot buy
books from Barnes & Noble, and a Nook owner cannot buy books from Apple.
This lack of interoperability can increase barriers to entry, switching
costs, and network effects. Click here for more.


National IPR Policy Series : India's National IPR Policy - What Would
WIPO Think? 


[Varun Baliga and Nehaa Chaudhari ] This note is a brief overview of the
approach set out by the World Intellectual Property Organization
("WIPO") for the development of National IPR Strategies by various
countries. This note also compares WIPO's approach to the approach
adopted by the IPR Think Tank ("Think Tank") in the formulation of
India's National IPR Policy This note is only an academic exercise and
is not to be construed as a recommendation of the procedure set out by
WIPO for the development of National IPR Policies/Strategies. Click here
for more.


European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee Demands Ambitious Reform


[Greens-European Free Alliance] The European Parliament's Legal Affairs
committee today voted by a broad majority on a report reviewing the EU's
current copyright framework. The report is authored by Pirate Party MEP
and vice-president of the Greens/EFA group Julia Reda. The vote follows
intense debate, multiple delays and the consideration of over 550
amendments. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34593>





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