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KEI Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301 regarding education and researchSubmitted by Manon Ress on 7. March 2014 - 15:12
Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International, Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301
March 7, 2014
Docket ID: USTR-2013-0040
In 2014, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) submission for the Special 301 failed to propose constructive policies by the USTR regarding copyright, as regards to access to knowledge and copyright related issues, in the context of education or research.
Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26
See PDF. Note that PDF has pages 2&3 out of order http://keionline.org/node/1874
Conclusions at a glance:
Item #1 At SCCR 26, Broadcasting Treaty: the proposed treaty is moving forward toward a diplomatic conference in 2015. It includes transmission over the internet. Paragraphs 1 to 10.
SCCR 26 December 20, 2013 afternoon: workplan discussion
After 5 days of diplomatic if not collegial meetings (at least in plenary, I do not really know what is going on in informals), the last day afternoon session is quite tense. The conclusions have been drafted (I briefly saw a leaked version) and the group coordinators have met with the Chair.
KEI Statement at WIPO SCCR 26 on Limitations and Exceptions for education, research & persons with other disabilities (12/20/13)Submitted by Manon Ress on 20. December 2013 - 7:22
[as delivered orally this morning]
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Discussions regarding an "International legal instrument in whatever form on limitations and exceptions for educational teaching and research institutions and persons with other disabilities" 12/20/13
Friday December 20, 2013 10am to 1pm
Lending! Hot topic here! Seriously, this is now really about the core service, function, mission of libraries: lending. For many of course this topic, this exception, is the fundamental exception that makes or break the project.
Topic #2 Reproduction and safeguarding of copies (3 to 5pm).
This morning the WIPO SCCR is going through the list of the following topics:
Topic #1 Preservation
Topic #2 Reproduction and safeguarding of copies
Topic #3 Legal Deposit
Topic #4 Library Lending
Topic #5 Parallel Importations
Topic #6 Cross-border uses
Topic #7 Orphan works, retracted and withdrawn works, and works out of commerce
Topic #8 Limitations on Liability of libraries and Archives
Topic #9 Technological Measures of Protection
Topic #10 Contract
Topic #11 Right to translate works
Here is the US intervention during the discussion on limitations and exceptions for libraries and exceptions:
On the afternoon of day 3 of SCCR 26, the proposed broadcasting treaty is finally "behind" us or at least the negotiations over the proposal are interrupted until next SCCR April 28 to May 2, 2014.
The morning session was a continuation of yesterday informal regarding scope and beneficiaries of the proposed treaty. The delegates also discussed the 4 topics of the Japanese non paper which dealt specifically with webcasting. The second part of the morning session was about Article 9 which deals with what rights would the Broadcasting organisations acquire and be protected by the proposed treaty.
According to WIPO Secretariat's summary, the four topics from the nonpaper from Japan and the general views of the delegates were:
A new campaign (see www.resale-right.org) started today with an elegant lunch provided by the European Visual Artisits (EVA) representing the demandeurs of a brand new global right, the resale right (droit de Suite). It was followed by a panel of visual artists and their representative among them a very articulate DG of ADGO (Societe des auteurs dans les arts graphiques et plastiques), Marie-Anne Ferry-Fall.
The Monday morning session of SCCR 26 went very fast. The agenda was approved in few minutes. Two days will be about the broadcasting treaty, two days will be about libraries and archives and one day on education. 6 side events: artists resale, authors forum launch, authorized entities, IP and video games study, Libraries and archives and Museum and IP, WIPO guide.
The Commerce Department Green Paper on digital copyright is soft on action, kicks cans down the roadSubmitted by Manon Ress on 11. October 2013 - 14:00
In July 2013, the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force published its awaited Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. It is over 100 pages long and 540 footnotes and a good read for anyone interested in copyright and the online environment.
The webcast of WIPO General Assemblies taking place this week (September 23 to October 2, 2013) in Geneva, Switzerland is now available on demand. The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) work program starts at minute 33 of the morning session of Thursday September 26 (first video of the day). It is all about broadcasting & webcasting and whether or not the casting treaty is ready or not ready for prime time, it seems to be moving quite fast to the top of the agenda of the SCCR.