[A2k] Infojustice Roundup - January 16, 2018

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue Jan 16 07:29:35 PST 2018

Infojustice Roundup

Cisco Systems v. Arista and the Scenes a Faire Doctrine

[Pamela Samuelson] The Cisco Systems v. Arista case has gotten very little attention among the information justice community who generally care about freedom to reuse unprotectable elements in copyrighted works. The case and the issues it raises deserve more visibility, as I expressed in a brief I wrote in support of Arista. Cisco charged Arista with infringement for its reuse of 509 command-line interface (CLI) terms, along with some additional elements of the Cisco user interface, which engineers use to configure their ethernet switching technologies. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39420>

2018 Creative Commons Global Summit: Call for Proposals

[Creative Commons] The Call for Proposals for the Creative Commons Global Summit is now open! The deadline for submissions is January 23, 2018 at 11:59PM in the submitter's timezone. The Creative Commons Global Summit (CC Summit) is an annual conference that celebrates the culture of sharing, providing a space for open communities to collectively grow a vibrant, usable commons, powered by collaboration and gratitude. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39415>

Keeping Up With International Approaches: South African Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Educational Activities

[Charlene Musiza]  The 35th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at the end of last year. Comprising of all members of WIPO, the SCCR analyses matters relating to the substantive law or harmonisation of copyright and related rights, and formulates recommendations.  Current issues the SCCR is addressing include the protection of broadcasts and broadcasting organisations as well as copyright limitations and exceptions. With regard to limitations and exceptions the focus is now on three areas: educational activities, libraries and archives and disabled persons. At the 35th session of the SCCR, UCT's Professor Caroline Ncube presented, together with Professor Blake Reid from the University of Colorado, an important scoping study concerning access to copyrighted works by persons with disabilities. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39428>

UACT Statement Regarding Chilean Congress Resolution Calling on the President to Advance the Compulsory Licensing Request on HCV Drugs

[Manon Ress] The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment applauds the Chilean Congress resolution calling on the President to advance the compulsory licensing request on HCV drugs made in March 2017 by patients, advocates including Innovarte NGO, and elected officials. The resolution, Number 1014, passed by a 96-0 vote with one abstention, and includes the signatures of representatives across the entire political spectrum. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39409>

USTR Notorious Markets: Online Ads Still Funding IP Infringement; Alibaba Fires Back About Report

[William New] The Office of the United States Trade Representative today released its annual list of the worst outlaw online and physical markets around the world, citing a range of major sources of problems in every part of the world. The list this year highlights new technologies, identifies online advertising as a large revenue source for counterfeiters, and includes Chinese online market Taobao, owned by internet giant Alibaba, for the second year in a row, leading the company to claim bias and politics are at play. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39430>

Mercosur-EU Free Trade Agreement: A Bad Deal for the Public Domain

[Jorge Gemetto] ... A few weeks ago, Greenpeace Netherlands leaked a new draft of the Mercosur-EU FTA, apparently from July 2017, which includes the IP chapter. ... It is easy to see that, while the interest of the European Union is to increase the terms and scope of IP protection, as well as to impose new penalties on infringement, Mercosur countries seek to avoid higher IP standards, incorporate mandatory limitations and exceptions to copyright, and favor the identification and protection of the public domain. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39413>

Copyright and Creative Incentives: What We Know (And Don't)

[Christopher Jon Sprigman] Abstract: The dominant justification for copyright in the United States is consequentialist. Without copyright, it is claimed, copyists will compete away the profits from new artistic and literary creativity, thereby suppressing incentives to create new artistic and literary works in the first place. This is a sensible theory. But is it true? On that question, we have little evidence. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39407>

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