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WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (released May 2010)

In May 2010 the WIPO Secretariat published a paper entitled "WIPO Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain" prepared by Professor Séverine Dusollier (Professor, University of Namur, Belgium). This study was produced as an output of the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property's (CDIP) thematic project on intellectual property and the public domain which is predicated upon Recommendations 16 and 20 of the Development Agenda.

Part 1: Notes on the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated text

KEI has obtained a copy of the August 25, 2010 version of the ACTA consolidated negotiating text. This is Part 1 of our initial notes on the document.

(Part 2 is available here.)

(revised September 9, 2010)


The preamble in the August, 25, 2010 text includes 10 paragraphs, of which only 3 do not have brackets.

ACTA negotiating text: the August 25, 2010 version, incorporating changes from Washington, DC negotiations

The negotiating text emerging from 10th round ACTA negotiations in Washington DC (August 16-20, 2010) was not shared with the public because the United States successfully opposed its release. The US was the only negotiating party to have taken this position on transparency.

We have obtained a copy of the August 25 consolidated text which reflects changes made during the DC round. Here is a TRANSCRIBED version of this document.

Mexico President writes KEI, asks Minister of Economy to respond to ACTA questions

On August 10, 2010, KEI sent a letter to the President of Mexico expressing our concerns in the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations. KEI noted that the proposed ACTA text, if adopted, would require the adoption of new legal provisions that would compromise the public interest of Mexico. KEI asked the Mexican government to change some positions it had taken earlier in the negotiation, and to support the inclusion in the ACTA text of of new flexibilities and protections of the fundamental rights of its citizens.

1998/1999 debate over 52.19, the WHO Revised Drug Strategy

The following are selected documents from the 1998 to 1999 WHO debate of the revised drug strategy.

Lunch with the ACTA negotiators, August 17, 2010

On Tuesday, August 17, 2010, USTR organized a lunch between ACTA negotiators and civil society NGOs. There was not much notice. We received our invite to the lunch last Thursday. Representatives from KEI, Public Citizen, Oxfam, Public Knowledge and the American University program on intellectual property attended the event.

Privacy challenges facing the European Union from ACTA

Since the early ‘70s, European countries have adopted a comprehensive legal framework on personal data protection that aims to balance the free flow of information for market purposes with an adequate level of protection for the right of privacy.

Agenda of 10th Round ACTA negotiations, August 16-20, Washington DC

USTR will host the next round of ACTA negotiations that will take place all of next week, August 16-20, in Washington DC. According to USTR yesterday, the negotiators "expect to cover all issues" and the agenda would be made available in a day or so.

Here is a proposed agenda that we have obtained from another source.

10th Round of Negotiations
August 16th-20th, 2010, Washington, DC

ACTA's Washington DC conclave: Is this Round 10?

According to an informed source, USTR intimated that next week's ACTA meeting in Washington DC will be attended by all the negotiating parties and that discussions would include all issues under consideration in ACTA. We are still awaiting a response from USTR regarding the attendees, scope and purpose of the meeting but this new information seems to be indicative of nothing short of the next ACTA round.

Earlier, US government officials had informed that the an intersessional meeting would be held the week of 16 August in Washington DC.

Letter to President of Mexico regarding ACTA

The following is an August 10, 2010 letter written by Alberto Cerda Silva, a Research Associate of Knowledge Ecology International, to Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, regarding the position of the Mexican government in the ACTA negotiations.

Transparency, cost benefit analysis and de-linkage of cost of R&D from price of the products for Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases

Written submission U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Hearing on Treating Rare and Neglected Pediatric Diseases: Promoting the Development of New Treatments and Cures

On the topic of

Transparency, cost benefit analysis and de-linkage of cost of R&D from price of the products.

James Love
Knowledge Ecology International
4 August 2010

Fabrazyme March-In Request

NIH rejects Fabrazyme March-In Petition

Misc Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions

Copyright Limitations

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