Of possible interest

KEI requests that DHHS Inspector General investigate failure to disclose federal funding in Spinraza patents.

KEI objects to the U.S. Army grant of an exclusive license to Sanofi on U.S. Army-owned patents on a Zika Virus vaccine.

Research and testimony on transparency legislation.

Request to the NIH and U.S. Army to use government royalty free or march-in rights on the prostate cancer drug Xtandi.

Proposal for a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Public Goods.

Innovation inducement prizes as an alternative to IPR monopolies to reward successful innovation.

Now is a good time to donate money to KEI.

KEI timelines, on a variety of topics.

Poll

Governments can ration access to cancer drugs, or break patent monopolies. Why is rationing so popular?:

OECD High Level Forum to lend a boost to WHO IGWG?

The just concluded OECD High Level forum, held June 21 in Noordwijk in the Netherlands is, if it follows the agenda it has set for itself, to give political and perhaps financial impetus to the effort to WHO Intergovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

The Casting treaty? No, It’s not really dead yet

Friday June 22 1 pm

The following is circulating right now:

Draft conclusions of the Second Special Session of the SCCR on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations
Prepared by the Chair

SNIP
The Committee made the following recommendation:
SNIP
The Director General
-convenes a session for joint analysis of notions, terms and conceptual basis of the instrument

The General Assembly

-decides that a Third Special Session of the SCCR be convened in November/December 2007

Jukka and Keplinger want 2 meetings in 2007, Dipcom in 2008

The Draft conclusions by the Chair are out , and wow, what brass. Jukka is recommending that:

  • Idris as DG convenes a meeting in Sept 2007 for ” joint analysis of notions, terms and conceptual basis of the instrument.
  • The GA sets a SCCR for November/December 2007,
  • A dipcom be held in 2008.
  • It would even appear that webcasting is possibly back in.

    This is discussed at 2pm. It is all quite surreal.

“a tough but commendable decision”

They go into session today at 10am to discuss how to report the week’s events to the WIPO General Assembly, so officially, nothing is decided yet, but it appears as though WIPO will not be approving a diplomatic conference. Jukka Liedes, who has apparently chaired the WIPO copyright committee for all but two days over a twenty year period, may try to find a way to keep this alive, but many delegates are determined to move on to something else.

KEI Statement on breakdown of Broadcast Treaty negotiation

"Today the WIPO SCCR decided against scheduling a diplomatic conference to create a new treaty on broadcasting, and set a high bar for doing so.  Technically, the subject of the Broadcasting Treaty will continue to be on the agenda of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, but with a fairly tough hurdle before it can move to a diplomatic conference --  after there is agreement on the objectives, scope and object of protection, topics for which there is no agreement in sight.

Jukka’s definition of a signal

In the new June 21 text of the non paper they have just handed out, the Chair has proposed a definition of a signal, finally. It is take from the Brussels Convention, and reads as follows:

( ) “signal” means an electronically-generated carrier capable of transmitting programs;

This is from Article 1 of the Brussels Convention, which reads:

(i) “signal” is an electronically–generated carrier capable of transmitting programmes;

In Russian, NGO opposition to the WIPO broadcast treaty

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US del clarifies (sort of) position on “by any means”

This is technical. The United States delegation says

“US did oppose deletion of “by any means” so that simultaneous retransmission of traditional broadcasts on the internet is covered…..but we never spoke on deferred retransmissions last night.”

However, in the texts that have been made public, the “by any means” applies to both cases. The negotiations are now being held in secret.

Helpful text from USG on Creative Commons licenses

My more recent Huffington Post blog on the negotiations is here, including this update:

Broadcast treaty negotations mired “by any means”

At 9:43 PM tonight we hear that the casting discussions are stalling over the United States’ support of the inclusion of the phrase “by any means” in Jukka’s non-paper on Article 7 (Protection of Broadcasts) noting that this would be the “value added” component of any Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

Rejetez le traité des radiodiffuseurs - Déclaration Commune des ONG

Nous faisons appel aux délégués de l’OMPI pour qu’ils rejettent le Traité des Radiodiffuseurs de l’OMPI. Après plus de 9 ans de discussions, les efforts pour trouver une formulation qui adresserait le piratage sans nuire aux ayant-droits et aux utilisateurs légitime de radiodiffusion ont echoué.

Rechazo al Tratado de Radiodifusión de la OMPI - Declaración conjunta de organizaciones no gubernamentales

Invitamos a los delegados de la OMPI a que rechacen la propuesta de Tratado de Radiodifusión en la OMPI.

Después de más que 9 años de discusiones, los esfuerzos para buscar una formulación del tratado que se ocupe de la piratería de las señales de radiodifusión, pero que no dañe a los titulares de derechos de autor y a los usuarios legítimos de emisiones, han fracasado.

What can we do about the Casters’ Treaty? Pray?

Maybe by now you’ve read the Joint NGO Statement?

Joint NGO Statement: Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast
Treaty……

It’s printed on yellow paper and looks like a REAL NGO flyer opposing a treaty that in fact everyone here (except the broadcasters) cannot stand. Delegates come to me to complain that no one likes it but no one seems to dare tell!

Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty - Joint NGO Statement

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast Treaty.

After more than 9 years of discussions, efforts to find a treaty formulation that deals with piracy of broadcast signals, but which does not harm copyright owners and the legitimate users of broadcasts have failed.

United States intervention to WIPO plenary (Casting negotiations)

This statement was delivered by the United States of America to the plenary of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights on Tuesday, 19 June 2007.

Thank you Mr. Chairman. The United States would like to congratulate you and your Vice-Chairs on your re-election.

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