[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - July 20, 2015

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jul 20 11:41:26 PDT 2015

Infojustice Roundup


Copyright's Digital Deputies: DMCA-Plus Enforcement by Internet


[Annemarie Bridy] Abstract: In the years since passage of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), the copyright industries have
demanded that online intermediaries - both those covered by the DMCA and
those falling outside the statute's ambit - do more than the law
requires to protect their intellectual property rights. In particular,
they have sought new ways to reach and shutter "pirate sites" beyond the
reach of United States law. Their demands have been answered through an
expanding regime of nominally voluntary "DMCA-plus" enforcement. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/34696> 


TPP Negotiators Aim to Conclude Agreement this Month - Here Are Quotes
from Recent TPP News and Commentary


[Mike Palmedo] Inside U.S. Trade reports that USTR has "effectively
wrapped up" negotiations with Vietnam and Singapore and "will seek to
bring TPP 'to some kind of a conclusion' when ministers meet later this
month in Hawaii."  Froman has delivered an "ultimatum" to Malaysia;
Reps. Schakowsky and DeLauro joined MSF, AARP and others at a press
briefing on IP and Access to Medicines. Rep. Schakowsky told the press
that "What is clear is that it is U.S. negotiators who are pushing to
tilt the balance between intellectual property rights and public health
even more toward the brand-name drug companies." Click here for more.


Open Education and Open Educational Resources in Brazilian Public Policy


[Priscila Gonsales] ...Every year a huge amount of public money is spent
by the Brazilian government on the purchase of print and digital
educational materials that are not open educational resources (OER) and
therefore have restricted access, inhibiting reproduction possibilities,
creation and adaptation by educators and students. Click here for more.


UK Intellectual Property Office Consultation on Raising Maximum Prison
Sentences for Online Copyright Infringement to 10 Years


[Mike Palmedo] The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has opened a
consultation on a proposal to extend the penalties for online copyright
infringement to ten years imprisonment. Currently, the maximum prison
term is two years. The consultation paper notes that the penalty for
theft of physical goods is ten years, and argues that there is a strong
case for "harmonizing" the two penalties. Click here for more.


Cuba Says It Has Protected 5000 U.S. IPRs, While US Violates Its Rights


[William New] Cuba has been trying for many years to get the United
States to undo a law that prevents Cuba from defending a rum brand
trademark in US courts. This week at the World Trade Organization, the
Caribbean country said during this time it has dutifully protected the
intellectual property rights of more than 5,000 US products, while the
US has allowed violations of Cuban patents and trademarks. Click here
for the full story on IP Watch.




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