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WIPO expert committee deliberates on road map to protect traditional cultural expressions

From 19-23 July 2010, WIPO has convened an Intersessional Working Group to examine a WIPO document on 'Revised Provisions for the Protection of Traditional Cultural Expressions/Expressions of Folklore' (WIPO/GRTKF/IC/17/4).

ACTA's Article 2.2.1, on damages:the July 1, 2010 text

The July 1, 2010 ACTA text includes several provisions that would set global norms for damages, including most importantly, on pages 6 and 7, Article 2.2 on Damages. Also relevant are the provisions in Article 2.X on General Obligations with Respect to Enforcement, on page 5.

ACTA briefing by De Gucht in the European Parliament

This week, the European Commission conducted two briefings for members of the European Parliament.

On Monday, July 12, members of the European Parliament's INTA Committee (Committee on International Trade) were briefed by EU ACTA negotiators Luc Devigne and Pedro Valesco in a private, closed meeting.

Today, July 13, Karel De Gucht, EU Commissioner for Trade held a public briefing in the LIBE Committee (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs). The video is now available here

WIPO 1988 documents of the Committee of Experts on Measures Against Counterfeiting and Piracy

WIPO documents related to the April 25-28, 1988 session of the Committee of Experts on Measures Against Counterfeiting and Piracy are available here.

The consolidated file includes an agenda, a February 18 document on "Model Provisions for National Laws" (document C&P/CE/2), a February 18 memorandum on "Provisions in the Paris, Berne and Neighboring Rights Conventions" (document C&P/CE/3), and a report of the meeting that was adopted on April 28, 1988.

The July 23, 1990 Draft WTO text on TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED GOODS

The July 23, 1990 draft of the TRIPS Agreement contained the following proposal to deal with trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

PART IX: TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED GOODS

1. Preamble
MTN.GNG/NG11/W/76
Page 33

1B.1 Desirous of providing for adequate procedures and remedies to discourage international trade in counterfeit and
pirated goods while ensuring an unimpeded flow of trade in legitimate goods;

China describes TRIPS Council proposal on ACTA and other plurilateral enforcement agreements.

At a June 28, 2010 Geneva workshop on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Dr. Zhao Hong, from the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization, distributed a proposal that was prepared for the June 8-9, 2010 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council:

Decisions to be taken

Decision of the TRIPS Council on the Relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and Intellectual Property Provisions of bilateral, plurilteral Trade Agreeements

Members,

Canada's intervention to SCCR 20: 'International instrument on access to protected materials by persons with print disabilities'

The following intervention was delivered by John Gero, Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) during SCCR 20. Ambassador Gero is currently serving as the Chair of the WTO General Council.

Intervention — International instrument on access to protected materials by persons with print disabilities

Thank you Mr. Chairman

Turkey's intervention at SCCR 20 making the case for a WIPO Treaty for Reading Disabled Persons

In this intervention dated 24 June 2010, Turkey (a member of Group B), made the following unequivocal, nuanced statement before the 20th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of why a WIPO treaty for reading disabled persons is the most effective global solution to solve the problems of reading disabled persons in accessing protected works.

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

Geneva workshop on ACTA, June 28, 2010

On June 28, 2010, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and IQsensato are co-hosting a workshop on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The Location of the meeting is the Maison des Associations, on Rue des Savoises 15, Geneva, in the Salle Gandhi.

Speakers

  • Carlos Correa, University of Buenos Aires
  • Erik Josefsson, Adviser, Greens/EFA-European Parliament
  • James Love, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

SCCR 20: Draft Conclusions

It is 3:30 PM on Thursday, 24 June 2010 in Geneva, and the 20th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is now reviewing these draft conclusions.

World Intellectual Property Organization
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
Twentieth Session
Geneva, June 21 to 24, 2010

Draft Conclusions

PROTECTION OF BROADCASTING ORGANIZATIONS

WIPO SCCR 20: Proyecto de conclusiones

Esta es la version de las 3.30 pm del 24 de junio del 2010 del proyecto de conclusiones de la OMPI SCCR 20 en espanol. El documento fue distribuido durante el dia de hoy por el secretariado de la OMPI y esta siendo discutido. Este texto va a ser negociado esta tarde.

Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual
Comité de Derecho de Autor y Derechos Conexos (SCCR)
Vigésima sesión
Ginebra, 21 a 24 de junio de 2010

Proyecto de conclusiones

PROTECCIÓN DE LOS ORGANISMOS DE RADIODIFUSIÓN

Comparison of the four proposals on disabilities at WIPO SCCR

The attached table, prepared as a collaboration between KEI and the WBU, provides a comparison of the four proposals being discussed this week at the WIPO SCCR 20, as regards to the provisions about access to copyrighted works for persons with disabilities. The African Group proposal includes additional issues, but in this table, we only examine those that relate specifically to persons with disabilities.

SCCR20: Statement by Barbados supporting Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico proposal for a Treaty for Reading Disabled Persons

On Wednesday, 23 June 2010, Barbados delivered the following intervention giving unequivocal support for the proposal for the Treaty for Reading Disabled Persons tabled by Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay and Mexico. The spirit of Barbados' intervention is perhaps best encapsulated by this concluding statement:

SCCR20: Statement by Ecuador on behalf of Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Paragua on a WIPO Treaty for Reading Disabled Persons

On Wednesday, 23 June 2010, Ecuador on behalf of Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay, made the following intervention on a WIPO Treaty for Reading Disabled Persons.

Vigésima Sesión del
Comité Permanente de Derecho de Autor y Derechos Conexos (SCCR/20) Declaración General del Ecuador
23 junio 2010

Gracias Señor Presidente:

La presente declaración la realizo a nombre de Brasil, Ecuador, México y Paraguay, países proponentes de un TRATADO DE LA OMPI SOBRE UN MEJOR ACCESO PARA DISCAPACITADOS VISUALES Y OTRAS PERSONAS CON DISCAPACIDAD PARA LA LECTURA.

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