Access to Knowledge

KEI Statement on breakdown of Broadcast Treaty negotiation

"Today the WIPO SCCR decided against scheduling a diplomatic conference to create a new treaty on broadcasting, and set a high bar for doing so.  Technically, the subject of the Broadcasting Treaty will continue to be on the agenda of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, but with a fairly tough hurdle before it can move to a diplomatic conference --  after there is agreement on the objectives, scope and object of protection, topics for which there is no agreement in sight.

New Cluster B text (Draft Agreed Proposals) out on Norm-setting, Flexibilities, Public Policy and Public Domain

The following Cluster B text came out of the informal green room negotiations which broke out around 7 PM Geneva time last evening. The only word that seems to have brackets is the word “competition”.

1. In its activities, including norm-setting, WIPO should take into account the flexibilities in international IP agreements, especially those which are of interest to developing countries and LDCs.

“Access to Knowledge” back in at WIPO

The negotiations on the development agenda text have progressed, and as of last evening, it appears as though the term “access to knowledge” is now without brackets. The relevant paragraph now reads as follows:

“To initiate discussions on how, within WIPO’s mandate, to further facilitate access to knowledge and technology for developing countries and LDCs to foster creativity and innovation and to strengthen such existing activities within WIPO.”

Canada, US and Italy on [Access to Knowledge] in PCDA discussions

Why are there brackets on A2K?

Paragraph 3 of Cluster B reads:

3. To discuss possible new initatives and strengthen existing mechanisms within WIPO to facilitate [access to knowledge] and technology for developing countries and LDCs and to foster creativity and innovation within WIPO’s mandate.

I talked with Canada during to break, to see where they stood. I can report that Canada was completely negative about removing the brackets from [access to knowledge].

African Group’s debriefing on Access to Knowledge language

The Algerian coordinator of the African Group just outlined the state of play on the language concerning access to knowledge.

As reported previously, the language of paragraph 3 of Cluster B reads:

3. To discuss possible new initatives and strengthen existing mechanisms within WIPO to facilitate [access to knowledge] and technology for developing countries and LDCs and to foster creativity and innovation within WIPO’s mandate.

WIPO Development Agenda: Erosion of access to knowledge?

The draft text on issues related to norm-setting, flexibilities, public policy and the public domain (Cluster B) is out.

Paragraph 3 reads:

3. To discuss possible new initatives and strengthen existing mechanisms within WIPO to facilitate [access to knowledge] and technology for developing countries and LDCs and to foster creativity and innovation within WIPO’s mandate.

The Development Agenda and 31 seats: Who sits at the table?

At Tuesday’s morning plenary session of the WIPO Development Agenda, Ambassador Trevor Clarke (Chair) of Barbados set the out the seating arrangements for the informal “green room” style negotiations in which consensus is expected to by hammered out, cluster by cluster.

The Chair noted that

GRULAC text of Cluster A (Annex B) on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

The first four paragraphs on this cluster on Technical Assistance and Capcity Building have been agreed upon. The fifth paragraph is in brackets. GRULAC is the regional group in WIPO comprising of Latin American and Caribbean states.

WIPO Development Agenda: Cluster assignments

The first day of informals at the Development Agenda meeting this week concluded at around 7:10 PM. Cluster A on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building was discussed. Early reports indicate good progress was made (on the 4 paragraphs of agreed text contained in the Cluster A recommendations) but the negotiations on Cluster A have not yet been concluded.

KEI statement to 4th Session of WIPO PCDA


Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) General Statement at 4th Session
of WIPO PCDA

June 2007

Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) congratulates the [Ambassador Trevor Clark] on your re-election to the chair.

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