[A2k] Infojustice Roundup – January 29, 2018

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Jan 29 13:11:14 PST 2018

Infojustice Roundup

Civil Society Letter to NAFTA Negotiators: Do Not Undermine Access to Affordable Medicines

[Civil Society Statement] The following letter to the trade and health ministers of the NAFTA negotiating parties was signed by nearly 100 organizations concerned with health. A printable PDF of the letter, including a full list of endorsements, is available on the MSF Access to Medicines site.  Dear Ministers: As organizations concerned with health issues domestically and globally, we urge you to ensure that any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) does not undermine access to affordable medicines. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39523>

NAFTA Offers Chance for Much-Needed Internet Safe Harbour Rules in Canada

[Michael Geist] The NAFTA negotiations resume in Montreal this week with Internet liability emerging as an increasingly contentious issue. I was pleased to be part of a group of 55 Internet law experts and organizations that recently urged negotiators to include Internet safe harbour rules that promote freedom of expression in the agreement. The provision, which is already found in U.S. law, would lower barriers to startup online companies, advance free speech, and protect sites publishing consumer reviews. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39525>

EIFL Responds to Irish Marrakesh Consultation

[Electronic Information for Libraries] In December 2017, the Irish government issued a public consultation on transposition into national law of European Union (EU) Directive 2017/1564 implementing the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities. Irish transposition of the Directive could serve as a model not only for other EU member states, but also for EU candidate countries and potential candidates. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39531>

New Policy Paper on the 2017 Review of Public Sector Information Directive

[Communia Association] Today COMMUNIA published a policy paper on the 2017 review of the Directive on Public Sector Information (PSI Directive). The Directive first came into effect in 2003, and was amended in 2013 to clarify that 1) PSI should be presumed to be “reusable by default,” 2) museums, archives, and libraries were subject to the Directive provision, 3) acquisition fees were limited to marginal costs of reproduction, and 4) documents were to be made available for reuse using open standards and machine readable formats. Click here for more.<http://infojustice.org/archives/39527>

Julia Reda-Led Panel Discussion Reveals – Publishers’ Right Faces High Resistance From Academic Circles

[Ines Duhanic] The Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament organised last autumn the panel discussion titled, “Better Regulation for Copyright: Academics Meet Policy Makers” in Brussels. This is an initiative that together with a recently published study questions whether national and EU neighbouring rights for publishers are actually lawful. This article gives an overview of the panel discussion and movements that followed in the legislative process in Brussels, with a special focus on the press publishers right. Click here for more on IP Watch.<https://www.ip-watch.org/2018/01/21/julia-reda-led-panel-discussion-reveals-publishers-right-faces-high-resistance-academic-circles/>

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