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If the Broadcasters'treaty often appeared to be a treaty in search of a problem in the last few days (or years?), the Libraries and Archives' problem is about a treaty in search of a solution... or maybe solutions. And if the problems (and thus solutions) were not specifically cross borders...well, the librarians and archivists of the world would not be here "en masse" testifying at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, a Committee extremely proud to have created the WCT and the WPPT to solve the cross border issues of copyright owners.
The Need for an International Agreement on Orphan Works? A Large Coalition of Librarians & Archivists Make the Case at SCCR27Submitted by Manon Ress on 1. May 2014 - 6:04
Orphan works are obviously the bread and butter of libraries and even more so for Archives, the very institutions that deal daily and all over the world with unpublished, anonymous but still culturally extremely valuable works. One would think that since there is little economic value for these types of works as well as an obvious international need to preserve and access these types of works, the discussions could go smoothly and result quickly in a new WIPO agreement. However, progress are slow, too slow for the good of copyright!
After 3pm the SCCR 27 (April 30, 2014) turned to Topic 2: Libraries and archives
In brief, countries supporting progress on a binding instrument on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives include the Africa Group, Iran, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, Chile, Congo...
Representative quote of a proponent:
As promised in my previous blog, here in their own words, Tuesday April 29, 2014 afternoon session of SCCR 27, the view point of copyright owners on the proposed treaty for broadcasting organizations. The fact that it is quite repetitive is probably one of the points they were trying to make and it was in fact quite effective in "changing" the general mood of the meeting.
The two following quotes summarize the arguments:
The WIPO treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organization: The Way Forward?
On day 2 of Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 27, it looks as if the US delegation was showing the SCCR delegates a "way forward" for a new treaty for broadcasting organizations. It seemed as if US diplomacy was working efficiently and the US proposal was gathering support. However, while the US proposal was indeed gathering support, public interest groups and copyright owners also became more vocal in their opposition to the proposal on the table.
This short note is about giving people the heads up about four upcoming USPTO public meetings relating to copyright policy making: re remixes, digital first sale and calibration of statutory damages. It is a good example of ONE US agency (PTO is within a Task Force) wisely seeking "additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations." But this blog post is also about a really bad example: USTR.
On the Table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) April 28 to May 2Submitted by Manon Ress on 9. April 2014 - 11:06
What is on the table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Seventh Session (SCCR/27) April 28 to May 2, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)?
Below is a two page excerpt from a March 20, 2014 EU analysis of the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations on intellectual property rights, including geographical indications. The memo summarizes in a sentence or two the negotiations in eight types of intellectual property, patents, copyrights, designs, pharmaceutical regulatory test data, plant varieties, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications (GIs), as well as negotiations on enforcement, voluntary best practices, and cooperation on third country and multilateral IPR negotiations.
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).