[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - February 13, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Feb 13 13:48:58 PST 2012

Infojustice Roundup 
Intellectual Property and the Public Interest


ACTA Opposition from Thousands of Protestors, European Parliament
President, German Justice Minister, and Amnesty International


Last weekend, thousands of protestors in multiple cities demonstrated
against ACTA.  Shortly after, the President of the European Parliament
called the agreement "not good in its current form" and noted that it
does an inadequate job of protecting the rights of internet users.
Germany postponed its signing of the agreement, and Amnesty
International said in a statement that "the EU should reject ACTA in its
current form - implementing the agreement could open a Pandora's Box of
potential human rights violations." Click here for more.


Special 301 Comments Online; Industry Highlights Intellectual Property
in TPP Countries


Comments received by the U.S. Trade Representative for the 2012 Special
301 Report have been posted online at regulations.gov.  Comments from
industry groups nominate countries for inclusion in USTR's annual
Special 301 Report, which identifies countries that "deny adequate or
effective protection of intellectual property or deny fair and equitable
market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property
protection." This year, USTR received 41 comments, including 28 from
businesses, trade organizations, or coalitions representing IP owners.
All of the countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership except
for Singapore were recommended for inclusion in the Special 301 Report
by IIPA, PhRMA, or both.  IIPA recommended that USTR "actively monitor"
and "heighten its bilateral engagement with" Singapore regarding online
piracy. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/8085> 


Rep. Doyle Introduces the Federal Research Public Access Act


On February 9, Representative Mike Doyle introduced H.R. 4004 - the
Federal Research Public Access Act. It would require Federal Agencies to
collect digital copies of peer-reviewed journal articles that result
from research supported by their grants, to create a stable digital
repository containing the articles, to make them publicly accessible
online, and to produce an online bibliography containing hyperlinks to
all the publicly accessible papers. In the Senate, companion legislation
is being introduced by Sens. Cornyn, Wyden and Hutchison.  Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/8112> 


100 Civil Society Groups Write WIPO Opposing IP-Maximalist "Africa IP


100 civil society groups and academics have asked the World Intellectual
Property Organization to postpone an upcoming Africa IP Forum it is
co-organizing with IP-owning firms, their trade associations, and
developed country governments.  The letter warns that the agenda
advanced by the sponsors will not benefit development in Africa - rather
it will lead to strong IP policies that block access to medicines,
access to knowledge, and freedom of expression on the internet. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/7979> 


Health Advocates Warn that the EU-India FTA Talks Threaten World
Supplies of Indian Generics


Trade officials from the EU and India met last week to continue
negotiations of a free trade agreement, which they hope to complete by
the end of the year.  The European Union is seeking to include
TRIPS-Plus patent and data exclusivity provisions that block access to
generic medicines.  This has alarmed Indian and global health activists
because Indian generic firms supply medicines to a majority of people in
the developing world, for whom prices charged by branded firms are out
of reach.  Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/8012> 


Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection
We Already Have


[by Margot Kaminski]  In the past weeks, Americans have been realizing
that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) might not have been the Great
War, but a short battle in hostilities of grander proportions. This is
not the first time copyright policy-making has lacked balance, lost its
sense of proportion, or threatened civil liberties. It's just the first
time the Internet has won.  Two things are missing from the current
conversation. First, the recent debate all but ignores the broad arsenal
of responses to copyright infringement already available to
rights-holders, without SOPA. Second, the public has not been informed
on how America's free trade negotiations have been used to circumvent
the democratic process, accomplishing much of what SOPA was meant to do.
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/7972> 







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