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SCCR 25 final conclusions

Just before 8 p.m. on Friday evening, the 25th session of the WIPO's main committee for copyright policy, the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), completed its work and adjourned.

Canada endorses treaty for copyright exceptions for print disabilities at WIPO SCCR 25

sccr25, canadaSome have written to ask what the Canada position is on the proposed WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. For the first 3.5 days of the meeting, Canada did not say anything.

SCCR concludes work on treaty for blind text, dates for more negotiations, GA likely to schedule diplomatic conference in 2013

sccr_IMG_1587.JPGThe SCCR has seems to have finished its work on the text for a possible treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities, and earlier than expected. The new text distributed to delegates is 25 pages long (attached below), and includes several articles with no brackets. There are many differences to be resolved. The question is, will WIPO proceed with a diplomatic conference in 2013?

November 22 evening version of text, WIPO treaty for blind

Update: (revised version here)

Yesterday they finished work on the definition of a work. Audiovisual works and related rights are out, ebooks and audio books are in.


For the purposes of these provisions


November 21 version of WIPO treaty for the blind negotiating text


We are interested in hearing from people on any part of the text (mailto:james.love@keionline.org).

Note that on page 9 that the brackets have been removed on the definition of "authorized entity."

Distance education for blind people opposed by a White House responsive to MPAA

hvrtwr_kbd_225x150_q60.jpgDuring the WIPO negotiations on disabilities, the White House has told U.S. Blind groups it will kill a WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for persons who are blind or have other disabilities if the treaty covers audiovisual works, including those used in education, including distance teaching programs.

Talking points for KEI statement at SCCR 25, November 21, 2012

I just read from these talking points at WIPO SCCR 25, where the topic under discuss is a proposed treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities. (See http://keionline.org/r2r).

1. KEI is disappointed that deaf people are left out.

2. KEI is disappointed that there is a proposal to eliminate the article on contracts. We agree with the Library Copyright Alliance that contracts are now being used to undermine exceptions. The treaty should have provisions to make it clear that governments may override exception killing contracts.

Obama v blind people, day one of SCCR 25 negotiations on WIPO copyright treaty for disabilities

start Picture of Kappos, Obama, Lecuona and Brunson
From left to right, USPTO Director David Kappos, President Obama, Pablo Lecuona of Tiflolibros and Melanie Brunson of the ACB

WIPO Copyright Committee (SCCR 25) begins week of negotiations. Treaties for disabilities and broadcasting are focus

sccr25 wbu delegation, 19nov2012
Maryanne Diamond and Chris Friend of the WBU listen to opening interventions at SCCR 25

NIH expects to rule on ritonavir march-in petition "by the end of the year"

Mark Rohrbaugh has written to Krista Cox to acknowledge the October 25, 2012 march-in petition. According to Rohrbaugh, the petition has be delegated to NIH's Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), and "NIH has begun to review the issues you have brought to our attention." Rohrbaugh closes by saying "We expect to respond to your request by the end of the year."

Exclusivity data from the US FDA Orange Book

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes the "Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations" in both an annual paper bound edition and web-based searchable database (available here). As part of a larger effort to expand access to government data, the FDA provides monthly updates of the underlying data here.

How did markets respond to Romney's temporary surge in polling data?

How did the market respond to Romney's temporary surge in polling data? And which sectors of the economy expect to do better if Romney is elected? For the companies included in a survey, the share prices for all large banks and large health insurance and managed care providers rose when Romney's poll numbers unexpectedly surged, while prices for the companies in the telecommunications and technology sectors declined.

How common is Federal Funding of patented inventions?

Frequency of disclosure of federal funding in patents, 2000 to 2011

Following our filing of a march-in petition with the NIH, seeking a rule that government funded inventions be no more expensive in the United States than in other high income countries, I was asked about the extent of federal funding of patented inventions.

2012 October. Four NGOs ask NIH to grant open licenses to ritonavir patents under Bayh-Dole March-in provisions

On October 25, 2012, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), U.S.

October 19 WIPO negotiations on copyright exceptions for disabilities

After three days, the WIPO intersessional negotiations on copyright exceptions for persons with disabilities adjourned. On July 26, 2012, the SCCR negotiating text (SCCR 24/9) was 26 pages long, with 4051 words, and included 56 brackets, and 20 alternatives. The Final document on Friday (copy here) evening was 26 pages, with 47 brackets, and 22 alternatives.

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