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If the Broadcasters'treaty often appeared to be a treaty in search of a problem in the last few days (or years?), the Libraries and Archives' problem is about a treaty in search of a solution... or maybe solutions. And if the problems (and thus solutions) were not specifically cross borders...well, the librarians and archivists of the world would not be here "en masse" testifying at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, a Committee extremely proud to have created the WCT and the WPPT to solve the cross border issues of copyright owners.
The Need for an International Agreement on Orphan Works? A Large Coalition of Librarians & Archivists Make the Case at SCCR27Submitted by Manon Ress on 1. May 2014 - 6:04
Orphan works are obviously the bread and butter of libraries and even more so for Archives, the very institutions that deal daily and all over the world with unpublished, anonymous but still culturally extremely valuable works. One would think that since there is little economic value for these types of works as well as an obvious international need to preserve and access these types of works, the discussions could go smoothly and result quickly in a new WIPO agreement. However, progress are slow, too slow for the good of copyright!
The six countries listed in the Special 301 list, every year, had much higher growth of incomes than USASubmitted by James Love on 1. May 2014 - 4:59
According to USTR's 2014 report, six countries have been listed on the Special 301 list "every year since the report's inception." The six countries that have appeared on the Special 301 list every year were Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey.
On Wednesday, 30 April 2014, Kenya delivered the following statement on "Limitations & Exemptions for Libraries and Archives" on behalf of the African Group. In contrast to the European Union, the African Group underscored the point that copyright limitations and exceptions
After 3pm the SCCR 27 (April 30, 2014) turned to Topic 2: Libraries and archives
In brief, countries supporting progress on a binding instrument on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives include the Africa Group, Iran, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, Chile, Congo...
Representative quote of a proponent:
As promised in my previous blog, here in their own words, Tuesday April 29, 2014 afternoon session of SCCR 27, the view point of copyright owners on the proposed treaty for broadcasting organizations. The fact that it is quite repetitive is probably one of the points they were trying to make and it was in fact quite effective in "changing" the general mood of the meeting.
The two following quotes summarize the arguments:
The WIPO treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organization: The Way Forward?
On day 2 of Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 27, it looks as if the US delegation was showing the SCCR delegates a "way forward" for a new treaty for broadcasting organizations. It seemed as if US diplomacy was working efficiently and the US proposal was gathering support. However, while the US proposal was indeed gathering support, public interest groups and copyright owners also became more vocal in their opposition to the proposal on the table.
The Republic of Korea delivered the following statement outlining the position of the Asia Pacific Group (a large and diverse group of Member States including but not limited to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, the Republic of Korea and Singapore).
Asia Pacific Group Statement for SCCR 27- final
Thank you Mr. Chairman
Good morning dear colleagues.
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of Asia Pacific group.
The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) is currently discussing Article 6 (Scope of Application) of the working text of the proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (SCCR/27/2).
The United States of America delivered this nuanced intervention on the Scope of Application.
KEI comment to SCCR 27 on the proposed Broadcasters Treaty
KEI is a non-profit organization representing consumer and public interests and seeking better outcomes for knowledge governance.
KEI opposes continued discussions in the SCCR on the treaty for broadcasting, for the following reasons.
1. The broadcasting organizations have failed to explain (a) the problem the treaty is supposed to address, (b) how the proposed text is related to the alleged problem.
On Tuesday, 29 April 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a panel at WIPO headquarters entitled, The Tunis Model Law on Copyright for Developing Countries: Is it Time for an Update?
This short note is about giving people the heads up about four upcoming USPTO public meetings relating to copyright policy making: re remixes, digital first sale and calibration of statutory damages. It is a good example of ONE US agency (PTO is within a Task Force) wisely seeking "additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations." But this blog post is also about a really bad example: USTR.
SCCR27: UK proposal on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (the BBC experience)Submitted by thiru on 14. April 2014 - 6:28
On 8 April 2014, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland submitted a paper to the 27th session of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the Proposed WIPO treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations (SCCR/27/3). In its proposal, the UK endeavors to "shed light on a number of different technologies already being used by broadcasters from around the world" including the deployment of the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Red Button services.
32 Members of US House of Representatives ask USTR to sanction Canada for not granting patents on drugsSubmitted by James Love on 11. April 2014 - 14:21
The attached letter, dated April 10, 2014 and signed by a bipartisan group of 32 members of the House of Representatives, asks USTR to elevate Canada to the Special 301 "priority watch list," for "violation of their international obligations" for not granting enough patents on "innovative medicines." According to the members of Congress signing the letter, Canada is in violation of its WTO TRIPS obligations.
On the Table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) April 28 to May 2Submitted by Manon Ress on 9. April 2014 - 11:06
What is on the table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Seventh Session (SCCR/27) April 28 to May 2, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)?