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SCCR concludes work on treaty for blind text, dates for more negotiations, GA likely to schedule diplomatic conference in 2013Submitted by James Love on 23. November 2012 - 9:28
The 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?
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.
ARTICLE A - DEFINITIONS
For the purposes of these provisions
Attached below is the November 21, 2012 version of the "REVISED WORKING DOCUMENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENT ON LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS/PERSONS WITH PRINT DISABILITIES."
We are interested in hearing from people on any part of the text (mailto:email@example.com).
Note that on page 9 that the brackets have been removed on the definition of "authorized entity."
During 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.
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.
|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 focusSubmitted by James Love on 19. November 2012 - 1:25
|Maryanne Diamond and Chris Friend of the WBU listen to opening interventions at SCCR 25|
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."
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 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.
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 provisionsSubmitted by James Love on 25. October 2012 - 10:39
On October 25, 2012, the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), U.S.
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.
The October 18 version of the text is available, here. From the October 17 version, the number of brackets as gone from 65 to 61. The number of alternatives has increased from 24 to 26. Both numbers are higher than the July 26 version of the text, which had 56 brackets and 23 alternatives.