[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - November 19, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Nov 19 09:25:07 PST 2012

Infojustice Roundup 


25th Meeting of the WIPO SCCR: November 19-23 


Today is the opening of the World Intellectual Property Organization's
25th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.
The meeting will include discussions on limitations and exceptions for
visually impaired persons/persons with print disabilities; libraries and
archives; and educational and research institutions. There will also be
discussion on the protection of broadcasting organizations.  Meeting
documents, and a webcast of the proceedings are available here.


U.S. and Thailand Indicate Thai Interest in TPP; Do Not Indicate Rumored
Entry Into Negotiations


During Obama's Sunday trip to Thailand, the countries announced they
will "convene the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Joint
Council, which serves as a foundation for economic cooperation in this
partnership." Earlier last week, the Bangkok Post had reported that the
nations were scheduled to announce that Thailand had "agreed to join
negotiations" for the TPP, raising alarm among advocates for access to
medicine. Fourteen Thai civil society groups wrote an open letter to PM
Shinawatra warning that if Thailand joined the TPP, "access to medicines
and the national public health system will be disadvantaged..." Seven
American civil society groups wrote a letter to President Obama "to ask
that you drop any demands that Thailand or other countries facing major
public health crises change their intellectual property rules at the
cost of the health of their people." Click here for more.


Nature Publishing Group to Allow Authors to License Their Work Under
Creative Commons Attribution Licenses


Earlier this month the Nature Publishing Group announced a new policy
allowing authors of articles published in all 19 of its journals to
publish under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. Authors
choosing to make their work available under a CC-BY license will pay a
"premium" article processing charge, which Nature says will make up for
income it typically earns on reprints.  Click here for more.


Africa: Let's Re-Examine AU Intellectual Property Stance


Innocent Mawire, the  principal law officer on the secretariat of the
inter-ministerial committee on intellectual property at Zimbabwe's
Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs writes in the Zimbabwean
Independent: "There is need to defer the adoption of the Pan African
Intellectual Property Organisation (PAIPO) by the AU to allow further
discussions on the proposed draft statute with a view to enriching it so
that Africa, like other continents, can benefit from the knowledge
economy that is driven by the Intellectual Property (IP) system. The
adoption of the PAIPO statute in its current form will be a serious
indictment on the part of African leaders as it would not result in any
meaningful realisation in terms of economic growth while at the same
time it would jeopardise the much advanced negotiating positions on IP
matters by African states at the World Trade Organisation as well as at
the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)." Click here for the
full story on AllAfrica.com

FFII Brief to European Court of Justice on ACTA Rejected


Though the European Parliament voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade
Agreement in the face of widespread opposition, the European Court of
Justice is still tasked with determining whether the treaty is
compatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
The Foundation for a Free Internet Infrastructure submitted an amicus
brief to the European Court of Justice arguing that ACTA is not
compatible with the Charter, nor is it compatible with a number of other
international human rights instruments.  The Court rejected the brief on
the grounds that it doesn't accept briefs from third parties. Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27733>   


Republican Group Publishes Proposals for Copyright Reforms, Retracts
Report the Following Day


Last Friday, the Republican Study Committee published a report by
staffer Derek Khanna titled Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to
Start to Fix It.  The brief received immediate attention and was
redacted the following day. Khanna argues in the brief that the current
copyright regime provides excessive terms of protection, carries
excessive penalties, and no longer encourages innovation, as intended by
the Constitution.  The brief suggests four reforms - reforming statutory
damages, expanding fair use, punishing false copyright claims, and
limiting the term of copyright to 12 years, with options for periodic
renewals in return for increasing fees. Even after a series of term
extensions, the maximum proposed term would be 46 years. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27807> 


Examples of Resistance to Open Education Initiatives in the U.S.


[William Xu]  Recent developments in open licensing and technology have
taken the movement to a tipping point. "Open" has become the buzz word
in many educational communities, and Open Textbooks especially has
generated wide interest. Pilot programs have demonstrated tremendous
cost savings potential compared to traditional textbooks. Entrepreneurs
are investing more in innovative technologies, and in turn increasing
the interactivity and distribution potential of open education
platforms. These developments have led to what some call an "educational
renaissance", and has even prompted some states and the federal
government to incorporate OER in to the public education system. The
losers in this story are the publishing industry and their supporters,
who have relied on a monopoly on copyrighted textbooks for profit. Their
resistance to the flurry of OER efforts throughout the nation is perhaps
the best illustration of the shifting landscape in education. Click here
for more <http://infojustice.org/archives/27791> .




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