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SCCR 29 Libraries, Archives and Public Interest NGOs in Q&A with Dr. Crews

While the many publishers representatives took the floor to explain that there are truly no problems with limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (and anyway according to them if there are problems that can be solved with licenses), libraries & archives as well as public interest groups make their case: the committee must continue its work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and find solutions.. Here are excerpts from some of the interventions:

SCCR 29 KEI's questions on the 3 step test, Berne Revisions & News snippets and Dr. Crews answers

Following Professor Crews' presentation of his updated report on limitations and exceptions (L&E) for libraries and archives, today more member states, IGOs and NGOs engaged again in an interesting Q&A. After years in this committee, I have rarely witnessed such enthusiasm and interest among all the SCCR participants about a report.

SCCR 29 December 10, 2014 Morning Informal and Agenda for the Next item on the agenda

The SCCR 29 went again into informals this morning and NGOs can listen but not report on what is going on. As per the agenda, the broadcasting treaty is still the topic of discussion. While the US delegation was supporting making the charts describing the definitions, concepts and rights being discussed available to the public, there were other delegations (TBD) against it and the charts are thus still "secret".

We are reconvening into plenary after the coffee break.

SCCR 29: Public Interest Organizations Statements regarding the Broadcasting Treaty

Also presented during the afternoon plenary, here are 3 statements by public interest organizations, the TACD, EFF and CIS:

SCCR 29: Statements by European casters and push back by copyright owners (IFPI & FIAP)

SCCR29 At 3pm, the plenary reconvened and the NGOs made their statements regarding the rights, definitions and concepts of the proposed broadcasting treaty discussed during the informal with the help of charts.

On the public interest side we only had KEI, TACD, EFF and CIS. I will post these statements in another blog. Here are 3 statements that are good examples of what the arguments were for the broadcasters (the European Broadcasting Union) followed by the push back by the IFFPI (representing the music industry) and finally the FIAP (film industry also pushing back).

KEI intervention, SCCR 29, December 9, 2014

Below is a cleaned up version of the transcript, from my rambling intervention for KEI on the broadcasting treaty definitions.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My comments would be initially on the definitions.

It is our position that it's more appropriate to provide protection for free services that are traditionally provided by radio and television and less appropriate for pay services,

Broadcasters make sweeping demands on scope and rights in new WIPO treaty

To understand the negotiations this week at the WIPO SCCR 29, it is helpful to review an April 2014 document, endorsed by several broadcasting organizations.

The attached document* is a joint statement by 12 broadcasting organizations, on "THE OBJECTIVES, SPECIFIC SCOPE AND OBJECT OF THE PROPOSED WIPO BROADCASTERS' TREATY".

SCCR 29 December 9, 2014: 3 secret broadcasting treaty charts ?

The December 9, 2014 SCCR morning session started with the Chair's summary of yesterday informals. The delegates discussed 3 charts. The first chart called "a technological platforms chart" is supposed to clarify the scope of protection of the new instrument, the broadcasters' treaty. The second chart is called "a rights chart". And additionally, the Chair prepared a third chart which was called a definitions chart, which contained the definitions of broadcasting organization, broadcasting transmission and signal.

SCCR 29 Morning Session: Is the Broadcasting Treaty crawling back?

The morning session of SCCR 29 (Dec 8-12, 2014) ended with a coffee break which will be followed by informals (that we are not allowed to report on at this point). After the usual decisions this morning i.e, Adoption of the agenda of the twenty ninth session then Accreditation of new non governmental organizations (and yes, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is in!) we had the Adoption of the Report of the Twenty-Eighth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.

SCCR29: Opening statement of the European Union

IMG_2394-oliver-hall-allen-sccr29-700x518.jpgThe World Intellectual Property Organization's 29th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is meeting in Geneva from 8-12 December 2014. WIPO has a live stream of the proceedings; the password is sccr29. The opening statement of the European Union is contained below.

Patents with government interests, by disease, 2010 to 2013

The attached PDF file provides counts on the number of patents with various search terms in the specification (spec/"search term"), and the number of those patents that declare either government rights in the patents (govt/government), an assignment to the US government (an/"united states of america"), or both. The complete counts are in the PDF file. The queries were done by Claire Cassedy on December 5, 2014.

Save the Date - 10 December 2014: The Broadcasting Treaty: A Solution in Search of a Problem?

On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a side event entitled, "The Broadcasting Treaty: A Solution in Search of a Problem?"; the event will take place in Room B of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 13:30 to 15:00.

The new Medicines Patent Pool license with AbbVie: good news for children living with HIV

The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) has signed a new license with AbbVie, to expand access to pediatric formulations of lopinavir (LPV) and ritonavir (r). The details of the licenses are available here:

NIH rulemaking on transparency of clinical trials

The NIH has a notice about a proposed rule that "clarifies and expands requirements for the submission of clinical trial registration and results information to the database." Comments are due on or before February 19, 2015. We may ask the NIH to consider expanding the trials registry to include more information on the economics of clinical trials.

Here is a link to the Regulations.Gov docket for the proposed rule:!documentDetail;D=NIH-2011-0003-0003

UACT sends letter to Tufts President, Chairman of Trustees, asking questions about R&D cost study

On November 24, 2014. the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) sent a letter to Anthony P. Monaco, Office of the President, Tufts University, with copies to Michael Baenen, the Tufts Chief of Staff, and Peter Dolan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Tufts University, regarding the Tufts University press conference to announce an estimate of $2.6 billion as the R&D costs for new drugs.

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