[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - May 14, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon May 14 14:03:26 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup 
Information Justice and the Public Interest


ACTA-As-Counterproposal at TPP Negotiations and Other News from Dallas


The 12th Round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are currently
underway in Dallas.  For the past week, negotiators have covered
intellectual property topics including enforcement and patents.  As
reported by Inside U.S. Trade, New Zealand, Australia, and Singapore
have proposed replacing some elements of the US proposal on IP
enforcement with provisions from ACTA.  Side events included a lunch on
IP and Innovation hosted by Pubic Citizen and a lunch on Copyright
Enforcement hosted by Public Knowledge and PIJIP.  At a stakeholder
briefing on Sunday, negotiators weighed in on issues concerning IP and
innovation.  Ron Kirk told a Reuters interviewer that "there's a
practical reason, for our ability both to preserve negotiating strength
and to encourage our partners to be willing to put issues on the table
they may not otherwise, that we have to preserve some measure of
discretion and confidentiality."  Click here for more.


Law Professor Letter to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and USTR's


Last week, 33 legal academics sent a letter to United States Trade
Representative Ron Kirk criticizing the decision to cancel full day
stakeholder presentations for the current round of negotiations being
held in Dallas, Texas, and calling on the administration to "reverse
course" and work to expand participation and transparency in the
negotiations. The letter specifically called for Kirk to work to give
the general public the same rights to see US proposals in the
negotiation as cleared corporate advisers now have. The letter received
an immediate response from the Ambassador.  Click here for the letter
and the response. <http://infojustice.org/archives/21385> 


Senate Subcommittee Hearing on a Prize Fund for New Drugs to Treat


Tomorrow the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging of the Senate HELP
Committee will hold a hearing on "The High Cost of High Prices for
HIV/AIDS Drugs and the Prize Fund Alternative." A media advisory from
Chairman Bernie Sanders' office announces that the hearing will present
"a new model that would reward innovation through a prize system, rather
than government-granted monopolies. Sanders' legislation, S. 1138, would
eliminate legal barriers to generic competition for HIV/AIDS drugs and
reward innovation directly, through a $3 billion a year prize fund. It
would unleash unprecedented advances in medical innovation in decades to
come by also requiring that at least 5 percent of the prize money go to
any individual, business or nonprofit organization that openly shared
information, data, materials or technology that contributed in a
positive way to the development of new drugs."  Mohammed Akhter, Frank
Oldham, Suerie Moon, Joseph Stiglitz, Lawrence Lessing, and James Love
will testify. Click here for more.


EP Committee on Legal Affairs: ACTA Has Not Been Referred to the Court
of Justice


The Chairman of the EP Committee on Legal Affairs has written
Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht to express the Committee's
"profound dissatisfaction" that ACTA has not yet been referred to the
European Court of Justice. Last February, the College of Commissioners
had agreed to ask the Court to review the capability of ACTA with
Charter of Fundamental Rights, but to date this has not happened. The
letter also asks De Gucht to answer a series of questions to on ACTA
before the Legal Affairs Committee votes on ACTA in the end of May.
Click here for the letter. <http://infojustice.org/archives/22884>  


Upcoming Debate on ACTA Hosted by IViR and SAE


[message from Ana Ramalho] The Institute for Information Law and the SAE
institute are organizing a debate evening on ACTA. The debate is taking
place on the 21st of May 2012, from 19h to 21h, in the Faculty of Law of
the University of Amsterdam. The panel of speakers will consist of
intellectual property lawyers and representatives from creative
industries. A representative from an ISP has also confirmed... The
debate will be streamed (more details to follow). Attendance is free of
charge, but registration is necessary at: http://www.sae.nl/acta/ 


Publication of the COMMUNIA book "The Digital Public Domain: Foundations
for an Open Culture"


[from the Communia website]  "The book 'The Digital Public Domain:
Foundations for an Open Culture,' edited by Melanie Dulong de Rosnay and
Juan Carlos De Martin as an output of the Communia Thematic Network...
brings together essays by academics, librarians, entrepreneurs,
activists and policy makers, who were all part of the EU-funded Communia
project.  Together the authors argue that the Public Domain - that is,
the informational works owned by all of us, be that literature, music,
the output of scientific research, educational material or public sector
information - is fundamental to a healthy society."  Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/22897> 


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