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SCCR 30 Efforts to wordsmith definition fall short

July 1, 2015 day 3

This morning, the SCCR continued with the discussion regarding two important definitions--definition of beneficiaries: who are they? How do you define a broadcaster? And also of course what is the definition of the act of broadcasting.

On day 2 at SCCR 30, Anne Leer tells delegates to make broadcasters happy, extend treaty to Internet

Anne Leer is the WIPO Deputy Director General for Culture and Creative Industries Sector, where she leads WIPO’s activities in the field of copyright and related rights. Not a familiar figure at WIPO, she joined the organisation in December 2014, coming from the commercial side of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In addition to the BBC, she had previously worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, and Financial Times/Pearson and Prentice Hall.

SCCR 30 The European Union on the Broadcasting treaty (thumbs up) and the L&E (thumbs down)

Not surprising: the European Union statement re the agenda:

SCCR30 Is the (zombie) broadcasting treaty back?

Day 1 of SCCR 30 Information Session

Find a few Juicy bits from the long "Information Session on Broadcasting" that started this morning and was continued way passed the planned time of 4pm. It was also the least balanced panel I have ever seen at a WIPO SCCR. A handful of broadcasters, one media analyst, one journalist at the BBC, the WIPO Secretariat represented by Ann Leer (who worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, BBC, and Financial Times/Pearson and the BBC).

Basically there was no one remotely critical of the proposed treaty nor any public interest representative.

SCCR 30 June 29: Agenda for the week and Group Statements re Broadcasting and L&Es

SCCR 30 Day 1 June 29, 2015

The SCCR 30 started with the same industry representatives we usually meet here: the MPA, FIJ, IAF, CISAC, Croplife, IFPI, ABA etc... There are also quite a large group of library and archives representatives (IFLA, eifl, Archives etc). However there are many empty chairs for the public interest or pro development NGOs. Some might arrive later?

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:

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 ( 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

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