[Ip-health] Infojustice Roundup - January 15, 2013

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Tue Jan 15 09:24:33 PST 2013

Infojustice Roundup


Compulsory License for Anti-Cancer Drugs in India 


[Update from Campaign for Affordable Trastuzumab] The Campaign for
Affordable Trastuzumab welcomes the news that the Government of India
has started the process of issuing compulsory licences for the
manufacture of biosimilars of three cancer drugs - Trastuzumab,
Dasatinib and Ixabepilone. This move will come as a huge relief to the
thousands of women with HER2+ breast cancer whose lives can be saved by
Trastuzumab, but who are unable to access this drug because of predatory
pricing by Roche, which currently controls the drug. Click here for
more. <http://infojustice.org/archives/28247> 


U.S.-EU High Level Working Group (HLWG) on Jobs and Growth to Propose
Trade Agreement


The U.S.-EU High Level Working Group (HLWG) on Jobs and Growth,
co-chaired by EC Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and US Trade
Representative Ron Kirk, will likely release a report proposing the
negotiation of a "comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement
(FTA)" by the end of the month. In June 2012, the HLWG produced an
interim report that discussed the possibility of a trade agreement, but
said that "both sides agree that it would not be feasible in
negotiations to seek to reconcile across the board differences in the
IPR obligations that each typically includes in its comprehensive trade
agreements." Since then, it has received industry comments recommending
the inclusion of IPRs in the trade agreement. Click here for more.


CC Licensing Underpins Queensland's Open Data Revolution


[Cheryl Foong, Creative Commons Australia site, CC-BY] The Queensland
Government has implemented its 'open data revolution' by launching the
Queensland Government Data website - data.qld.gov.au. The initiative was
first announced by Premier Campbell Newman in a press release
'Queensland Government's 'open data' revolution begins' in October
2012... Further details have been provided in the Premier's message
published on the Queensland Government Data website in January 2013. The
Premier's message outlines the rationale behind Queensland's 'open data
revolution', explains the meaning of open data, and lists a timetable
for delivery of outcomes. In defining open data, Premier Newman states
that agencies must provide open data in a standard way, so that it can
be used by Queenslanders effectively.  Importantly, agencies are to
"apply clear licences (preferably open licences such as Creative
Commons)". Click here for more.


Research Finds Censoring Pirate Sites Doesn't Work


[Originally posted by Ernesto on TorrentFreak, CC-BY-NC] A new study
released by researchers from Boston's Northeastern University shows that
censoring "pirate" sites by blocking or seizing their domains is
ineffective. The researchers looked at the availability of various
pirated media on file-hosting sites and found that uploaders post more
new content than copyright holders can take down. A better solution,
according to the researchers, is to block the money streams that flow to
these sites. Click here for more.







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