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UACT Comments to DHHS on WHA: Agenda Item 13.4 Assessment of Progress in Prevention & Control of NCDs

To prepare for the upcoming 68th World Health Assembly (WHA), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services held a Stakeholder Listening Session on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 10:30am - 12pm in the HHS Humphrey Building - 200 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20201. All Agenda items for the upcoming WHA are here:
http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA68/A68_1-en.pdf

Letter from KEI to USPTO regarding implementation of Beijing Treaty

On May 5, 2015, KEI sent a letter to the USPTO regarding the implementation of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The letter focuses on concerns that KEI and others have expressed that a treaty implementation by amendment of 17 U.S. Code § 1101, regarding the "Unauthorized fixation and trafficking in sound recordings and music videos," creates problems, because the statute involves a right that is perpetual and not subject to normal copyright exceptions.

A few reactions to the USTR Special 301 Hearing

On Wednesday February 24, 2015, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Special 301 Committee held its annual public meeting following written comments sent earlier by trade associations, corporations and a few public interest groups that follow trade and intellectual property.

On World Cancer Day, do we celebrate the approval of Pfizer's $118,200 drug Ibrance?

Today, on World Cancer Day, there has been many great announcements and celebrations.

The FDA approved Pfizer's new drug Ibrance (INN: palbociclib) for the treatment of metastatic (advanced) breast cancer to be used in combination with letrozole based on a 165 person trial at UCLA's cancer center. (FDA press release here, ABC story here.)

UACT letter to Professor DiMasi, asking for answer to five questions about new R&D cost study

February 4, 2015 is World Cancer Day. The rapidly increasing cost of cancer drugs should be broadly discussed. The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT), a union of people affected by cancer (http://cancerunion.org/) is asking the author and co-author of the "Tufts Cost Study," --a not-yet-released "study" used to justify high prices of drugs without providing data-- to address the following questions:

SCCR 29 Chair Proposed Summary for Broadcasting treaty

The SCCR is on its last session. The Chair has provided us with a Summary. Attached is the Item 5 or Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. More work needs to be done. Obviously.

SCCR 29 KEI Statement on Limitations and Exceptions regarding Education

The Chair asked for specific and brief NGOs comments on limitations and exceptions regarding education. KEI focused on the US example (110 and fair use) and the language proposed in the African group document regarding classroom use:

SCCR 29: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities

The last item on the SCCR 29 agenda is Item 7: Limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities.

SCCR 29 Negotiations on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives (US, Greece, Kenya, Brazil)

This morning on the last day of the WIPO SCCR 29, we are listening to the opening statements regarding the work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives. The positive buzz of yesterday's animated Q & A with Dr. Crews is replaced by the re-stating of well-known positions on the topic.

SCCR 29 December 11, 2014 Plenary on L&E for Libraries and Archives: a Few General Statements

SCCR29 December 11, 2014 Plenary regarding limitations and exceptions for Libraries and Archives

SCCR 29 Libraries, Archives and Public Interest NGOs in Q&A with Dr. Crews

While the many publishers representatives took the floor to explain that there are truly no problems with limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives (and anyway according to them if there are problems that can be solved with licenses), libraries & archives as well as public interest groups make their case: the committee must continue its work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives and find solutions.. Here are excerpts from some of the interventions:

SCCR 29 KEI's questions on the 3 step test, Berne Revisions & News snippets and Dr. Crews answers

Following Professor Crews' presentation of his updated report on limitations and exceptions (L&E) for libraries and archives, today more member states, IGOs and NGOs engaged again in an interesting Q&A. After years in this committee, I have rarely witnessed such enthusiasm and interest among all the SCCR participants about a report.

SCCR 29 December 10, 2014 Morning Informal and Agenda for the Next item on the agenda

The SCCR 29 went again into informals this morning and NGOs can listen but not report on what is going on. As per the agenda, the broadcasting treaty is still the topic of discussion. While the US delegation was supporting making the charts describing the definitions, concepts and rights being discussed available to the public, there were other delegations (TBD) against it and the charts are thus still "secret".

We are reconvening into plenary after the coffee break.

SCCR 29: Public Interest Organizations Statements regarding the Broadcasting Treaty

Also presented during the afternoon plenary, here are 3 statements by public interest organizations, the TACD, EFF and CIS:

SCCR 29: Statements by European casters and push back by copyright owners (IFPI & FIAP)

SCCR29 At 3pm, the plenary reconvened and the NGOs made their statements regarding the rights, definitions and concepts of the proposed broadcasting treaty discussed during the informal with the help of charts.

On the public interest side we only had KEI, TACD, EFF and CIS. I will post these statements in another blog. Here are 3 statements that are good examples of what the arguments were for the broadcasters (the European Broadcasting Union) followed by the push back by the IFFPI (representing the music industry) and finally the FIAP (film industry also pushing back).

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