[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - October 9, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue Oct 9 13:48:26 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup 

Mexico and Canada Formally Join TPP Negotiations


Today, Canada announced it has formally joined the TPP negotiations.
Yesterday, Mexico issued a press release announcing it had formally
joined the TPP negotiations and will hold an intercessional on Nov
12-15.  Last week, Barbara Weisel, head of the Trans Pacific Partnership
negotiations for USTR, held a civil society briefing on the state of the
negotiations where she discussed these nations' impending entry.  Canada
and Mexico will participate in all TPP activities between now and the
next round in December, and will likely have bilateral meetings with the
U.S. and others to "get up to speed" on specific issues.  USTR received
numerous comments in response to its Federal Register notice requesting
comments on the countries' entrance into the negotiations. Click here
for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27462> 


La Quadrature du Net: MEPs must be ready to reject an ACTA-like
Canada/EU Trade Agreement


[Jeremie Zimmerman]Ahead of the next round of negotiations of CETA, the
Canada/EU Trade Agreement, La Quadrature du Net publishes its dedicated
web-dossier. The citizen organization urges the Members of the European
Parliament to demand full transparency and be ready to reject CETA as
they did with ACTA, if any of the anti-Internet, anti-citizens' freedoms
provisions remain in the final agreement. Click here for more.


WIPO Assembly Moves To Fast-Track Copyright Exceptions For the Visually


[Maricel Estavillo and William New for IP Watch] The majority of member
states of the 185-strong World Intellectual Property Organization have
thrown their support behind the fast-tracked negotiation of a new treaty
or other instrument that sets limitations and exceptions to copyright
for the benefit of the visually-impaired and those with print
disabilities.  Members at the fourth day of the 1-9 October WIPO General
Assembly approved the 2013 schedule for a diplomatic conference
(high-level treaty negotiation) on the instrument proposed by the
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). A diplomatic
conference is the highest level of negotiations at WIPO. Click here for


Advocates Ask De Gucht to Leave Data Exclusivity Out of Trade Agreement
with Moldova


Health advocates have asked the EU not to include data exclusivity
requirements in the "Deeply Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement" that is
being negotiated between the EU and Moldova.  A recent letter from the
European AIDS Treatment Group and AIDS Action Europe to Trade
Commissioner Karel De Gucht points out that data exclusivity "would
block many people in Moldova from realising the right to achieving the
highest attainable standard of health which is reflected in Article 2 of
the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to
which every European Union Member State is a signatory."; the World
Health Organization recommends that "it is preferable not to grant data
exclusivity"; and "The European Parliament resolution of 12 July on the
TRIPS Agreement and access to medicines called on the European Council
to refrain from negotiating 'TRIPS-plus' provisions including
specifically data exclusivity provisions. Article 9 of the DCFTA with
the Republic of Moldova contradicts this resolution." Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27455> 


Civil Society Calls for Panama to Reject Copyright Legislation Called
the 'Worst Copyright Bill in History'


A group of 21 organizations and advocates organized by has written the
president of Panama asking him to refuse to sign Bill 510 on Copyright
and Related Rights.  The bill was recently rushed through the
legislature with little debate, and the letter asks the President to
return the bill to the legislature "to be discussed in depth." The
letter raises three objections to the bill: 1) it "grants excessive and
disproportionate power to the DGDA [Director General of Copyright]", 2)
it "uses overly broad copyright definitions, and does not consider the
use of intellectual works related to the internet and new technologies,"
and 3) it "does not consider any limitation on liability for internet
service providers, opening the door to abuse and putting undue pressure
on the companies." Click here for more.


Survey of American and German Attitudes on File Sharing


[Joe Karaganis] We're kicking off our Copy Culture in the US and Germany
pre-release festivities with a fresh(ish) look at an old question: is
unauthorized file sharing wrong?  Or more properly: do Americans think
it's wrong? Let's recall that there are two conventional ways of talking
about the ethics of copying copyrighted stuff-both in relation to the
theft of material property. First: that copying is not like theft
because it is non-rivalrous-making a copy does not deprive the owner of
the use of the good.  For short, call this the Paley position-the
defense of digital culture, in particular, as a culture of abundance.
Second: that copying is like theft because it deprives the owner of the
potential economic benefit from the sale of that good (in the case of
downloading, to the copier).  Call that the MPAA position-the defense of
culture as a market that depends on the scarcity or controlled
distribution of digital goods. Click here for more.


Upcoming Event: "IP, Trade and Development"


On October 16, from 9-2 EST, PIJIP and Public Citizen will co-host a
multidisciplinary event that will bring together academics, civil
society, and policy makers to 1) examine how intellectual property
affects economic growth in countries at different levels of development,
and 2) analyze the way the United States ratifies trade agreements
through Executive Agreements.  The event is free and open to the public,
and a recorded webcast will be posted the day following the event.
Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27469> 






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