Of possible interest

Recent blogs about the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meetings are available at http://keionline.org/wipo.

The US Secretary General High Level Panel on Access to Medicine. KEI submissions.

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

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

Prices and patents on drugs, vaccines and diagnosis of hepatitis.

Innovation inducement prizes, possibly 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?:

SCCR 31 Statement of SAA Representative re Reproduction and Safeguarding Copies

Statement of SAA Representative to WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights 31 December 2015 by
William J. Maher (w-maher at illinois.edu)

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TOPIC TWO: Reproduction and Safeguarding Copies

SAVE THE DATE - 16 December 2015 - KEI workshop on a WTO Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and the copyright 3-step test

On Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at the Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (National Law University, Delhi, India), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a workshop entitled a "WTO Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and the Three-Step Test for Copyright and Related Rights."

SCCR 31 KEI Statement on Right of Reproduction and Safeguarding copies

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Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is and has been supportive of the Committee's work on access and preservation of knowledge which is important for everyone and every country.

Preservation and safeguarding copies of works is to some degree a global public good. We all want and need works to be preserved, and copyright and reproduction rights coupled with limitations and exceptions are essential.

SCCR31: General Statement of South Africa on Limitations and Exceptions

On Thursday, 10 December 2015 South Africa made the following general intervention on copyright limitations and exceptions at WIPO's 31st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright Right and Related Rights (SCCR).

SCCR 31 International Federation of Journalists concerns regarding broadcasting treaty consequences

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The IFJ, represented by Mike Holderness expressed some concerns regarding the new layer of rights for broadcasters and cablecasters:

> International federation of journalists: Thank you. Since this is the first time I have spoken, congratulations to the chair and the Secretariat for the excellent running of this event.

SCCR 31 KEI on inclusion of cablecasters and the making available rights

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KEI has the floor.
>> KEI: Thank you Mr. Chairman. KEI would be as concerned as anyone of piracy, of content that's provided over cable systems. I think, however, it will be interesting for the association of broadcasters, the APP, if they could explain if in any of the countries where they have problems with people stealing cable signals if it's actually not already against the law to do that.

SCCR 31 Interesting exchanges (USA, Chile and Brazil) on paragraph 4

Regarding:

(4) The provisions of this Treaty shall apply mutatis mutandis to the protection of
cablecasting organizations in respect of their cablecasts.

SCCR 31 North American Broadcasters intervention

The North American broadcasters represented by Erica Edler
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>> Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Nava represents broadcasters in North America, Canada, the United States and Mexico. I would like to thank the Chairman for his consolidated text which has served to focus discussions on some of the key issues on a new treaty for broadcasters.

SCCR 31 Intervention by Teresa Hackett for eIFL re broadcasting treaty

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>> Good afternoon. I'm speaking on behalf of electronic information for libraries, the works with libraries in developing and transitioning countries. I'd like to make a comment on the object of protection that has been under discussion here this afternoon. And the importance that any new instrument that might be created limits the object of protection to the signal and not to any underlying content.

SCCR 31 KEI Intervention on the again-expanding scope of the broadcasting treaty

Martin Moscoso, the Chair, invited NGOs' comments.
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>> KEI: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In listening to the conversation today and yesterday on this notion of signal versus the content, or container versus the content, it sounds appealing and people have been talking about this now for some years, the idea that you can separate the idea that there is a signal and there is content and things like that.

SCCR 31 Does "object of protection" include "on demand"?

4pm Day 2 Paragraph 3 of Object of protection
Discussion on:

(3) Broadcasting organizations shall also enjoy protection for simultaneous or near simultaneous retransmission by any means as if such transmission were a broadcast.

SCCR31 Object of Protection Discussions

Day 2 SCCR31 Object of Protection discussion started a 12:45pm. At 1pm we left for lunch and a meeting on education.

II. OBJECT OF PROTECTION

(1) The protection granted under this Treaty extends only to broadcasts transmitted by, or
on behalf of, a broadcasting organization, but not to works or other protected subject
matter carried on them.

(2) The provisions of this Treaty shall not provide any protection in respect of mere
retransmissions by any means.

(3) Broadcasting organizations shall also enjoy protection for simultaneous or near

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