[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - September 10, 2012

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Mon Sep 10 13:51:18 PDT 2012

Infojustice Roundup  


Fourteenth Round of TPP Negotiations Underway in Leesburg, Virginia


Negotiators meeting in Leesburg, VA this week heard presentations from
civil society and gave a public briefing on September 9.  Copyright,
trademarks and GIs are reported to on the agenda for the IP chapter.
Documents and other sources related to this week's negotiations include:


Civil Society:

-          Letter from PIJIP Professors Peter Jaszi, Michael Carroll,
and Sean Flynn to USTR on Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright in the
TPP <http://tinyurl.com/tpp-le-letter> 

-          Rashmi Rangnath, Public Knowledge. Options for Incorporation
of Limitations and Exceptions in the Trans Pacific Partnership.

-          Susan Chalmers, Fair Deal NZ. Copyright Exceptions in the
TPP. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27212> 

-          Amnesty International. TPP Must Not Trade Away Free Speech
and Health.

-          Sandra Fulton, American Civil Liberties Union.  The Biggest
Threat to Free Speech That You've Never Heard Of.

-          MJames Love, Knowledge Ecology International. Members of
Congress and Governors backing PhRMA/BIO, calling for 12 years data
protection for biologic drugs in TPP. <http://keionline.org/node/1544>

-          Brook Baker, HealthGAP. Leaked TPP Investment Chapter
Presents a Grave Threat to Access to Medicines.


-          Dugie Standaford for IP Watch. US Congressional Push For
Release Of TPP Text; US Pressuring Nations Bilaterally?

-          Brian Wingfield for Bloomberg. Protesters Seek Openness at
Pacific-Region Trade Pact Talks.

-          Amy Maxmen for Nature. Trade Deal to Curb Generic Drug Use.

-          Tech Central. Critics concerned trade agreement will include
SOPA language.


Colombian Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Limitations and Exceptions
to Copyright for the Visually Impaired


[by Carolina Botero] In an unprecedented action the Colombian Copyright
Office opened a consultation process for citizen participation on the
instrument for limitations and exceptions to copyright for the visually
impaired that is currently in discussions at WIPO Standing Committee on
Copyright and Related Rights. The Colombian's Copyright Office's
mechanism is not perfect. It uses a form that seems to allow foreign
comments, but asks for "cedula" (which is the citizen identification
number in Colombia).  Click here for more.


Executive Branch Seeks Quick Passage of Copyright Legislation in Panama


Copyright legislation has been introduced in Panama in order to bring
the country into compliance with the terms of  its trade agreement with
the United States.  Bill no. 510 "On Author's Rights and Neighboring
Rights" (Sobre Derechos e Autor y Derchos Conexos) was introduced to the
Congress on August 23. The Executive has asked for it to be ratified by
October.   The legislation lengthens the term of copyright protection
from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. It seems to expand the
definition of "reproduction" to include temporary copies. It amends the
criminal penalties section of the earlier law. Click here for more.


Australian Digital Alliance: Potential $600M annual economic boost from
copyright reform


[Announcement by Ellen Broad]   Today the Australian Digital Alliance
published important economic research which found that flexible and
technology neutral copyright laws will, over time, add $600 million in
annual productivity gains to the Australian economy. These findings are
contained in two reports prepared for the Australian Digital Alliance by
Lateral Economics, titled "Exceptional Industries" and "Excepting the
Future." The reports calculate for the first time the value of the
copyright 'exceptions' sector - that is, those industries who rely on
copyright exceptions to deliver goods and services - and value it at
$182 billion per annum, or 14% of Australia's GDP. The 'copyright
exceptions sector' includes education and research institutions,
libraries and cultural institutions, digital, internet and web hosting
providers as well as producers of copyright enabling devices such as mp3
players. Click here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27207> 


California Legislature Unanimously Passes Legislation to Create Open
Access College Textbooks 


The California legislature has unanimously passed two bills sponsored by
Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg aimed at developing free
textbooks for students the state university system. Students should
eventually be able to access the books online at no cost, or pay $20 for
a hard copy. The first bill, SB 1052, creates the California Open
Education Resources Council to guide the development of textbooks for 50
core college courses.  The second bill, SB 1053, creates the California
Digital Open Source Library where the free texts will be housed. Click
here for more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/27233> 





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