What can we do about the Casters’ Treaty? Pray?

Maybe by now you’ve read the Joint NGO Statement?

Joint NGO Statement: Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast

It’s printed on yellow paper and looks like a REAL NGO flyer opposing a treaty that in fact everyone here (except the broadcasters) cannot stand. Delegates come to me to complain that no one likes it but no one seems to dare tell!

Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty - Joint NGO Statement

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast Treaty.

After more than 9 years of discussions, efforts to find a treaty formulation that deals with piracy of broadcast signals, but which does not harm copyright owners and the legitimate users of broadcasts have failed.

United States intervention to WIPO plenary (Casting negotiations)

This statement was delivered by the United States of America to the plenary of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights on Tuesday, 19 June 2007.

Thank you Mr. Chairman. The United States would like to congratulate you and your Vice-Chairs on your re-election.

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty negotiations: Slow going

Informed sources have indicated that not much progress has been made in the morning informal sessions of the SCCR today which commenced at around 11:40 AM and ended at 1 PM for lunch. It is unlikely that the plenary will reconvene today. Delegations have only been able to discuss Article 1 of Jukka Liedes’ (20 April 2007) non-paper on the objective of the proposed treaty. This article states:

Moving into Informal session

June 20, 2007
Morning session started late (10:50) and the Chair began with a 20 minutes lecture/monologue explaining the methodology (article by article), using the non paper as the “unofficial tool”, leaving the complex and controversial 15/2 document on the side even though that document is the only inclusive document, the one “that contains all the proposals” [except the Canadian proposal?].

Jukka returns to SCCR, gives very long speech setting out the proceedures for limiting debate and having closed sessions

Well, it was nice having an actual plenary yesterday, but Jukka is back, and he wants to move immediately to a closed session. He has made a very long speech, about the need to limit debate, and move to closed sessions. It will not be a “green room” approach just yet, but a plenary without NGOs or notes.

WIPO 2nd Special Session Day 2 - Summary of Notes

I arrived at WIPO yesterday for Day 1 which started at 12pm. The delegates and NGOs went for lunch at 1pm and the meeting started again in the afternoon. I’m not sure it was because of jetlag but the meeting did not make much sense. The Chair was re-elected (of course) and he just talked, talked and talked.

Day 2

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty negotiations commence

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright (SCCR), the WIPO body overseeing the negotiations on the broadcasting treaty began at 12:04 PM. The reason for its late start was because the African Group had consultations in the morning.

Final PCDA Recommendations to 2007 General Assembly

PCDA Recommendations to 2007 General Assembly

(As adopted 9:38 pm June 15, 2007)

The PCDA decided to make the following recommendations to the 2007 General Assembly:

1. To adopt the recommendations for action in the agreed proposals contained in the Annex;

2. To immediately implement the recommendations contained in the list submitted by the Chair of the PCDA, in accordance with paragraph X of the Report of the Fourth Session of the PCDA;

3. A Committee on Development and IP be established immediately to:

Andrew Pollack on Gilead’s $130 pill for pulmonary arterial hypertension

This is Andrew Pollack’s recent story on Gilead’s new $130 per pill (use daily) for pulmonary arterial hypertension. The price of this drug, which is a once daily pill, is roughly the average per capita income in the United States, leaving nothing else for food, housing, clothing or having a beer at the local bar.

Ted Miller on sports and Intellectual property insanity

Ted Miller writes about sports in the Seattle PI (a paper I delivered door to door a long time ago). This is his column Intellectual property law begets insanity.

PCDA Recommendations to WIPO General Assembly (not finalized yet)

It is 7:40PM and the plenary has still not resumed on the final day of WIPO negotiations on Development Agenda. The final PCDA recommendations to the General Assembly are still being negotiated in the green room. Of the text reproduced here, the first six paragraphs have been agreed upon according to informed sources. The 7th paragraph is still under discussion. One would hope paragraph 4 of these PCDA recommendations would not preclude the ad hoc accreditation of intergovernmental organizations and non governmental organizations.

John Edwards calls for prizes to replace monopolies as innovation incentive for new drugs

The John Edwards campaign has issued a statement endorsing prizes as an “alternative to patent monopolies” for new drugs and other inventions. Details from the campaign are here. This is a good start. My comment in the Huffington Post is here: John Edwards: Prizes, Not Patent Monopolies.

WIPO Development Agenda: Language on open collaborative models in

We have heard that negotiations have finished on Cluster D and E were wrapped up last evening. Cluster C has one issue pending. As of 10 AM Geneva time, only the text of Cluster D was available. Particularly significant is the agreement on the text of having WIPO Member States exchange information on experiences on open collaborative projects such as the Human Genome Project. Also important was the agreement on language on impact assessment studies.

OECD high forum, where are the NGO voices?

The OECD High Level Forum to be held in the Netherlands on June 20 and 21, proposes to discuss new policy strategies to stimulate innovation for and access to medicines for neglected diseases. The meeting has on its face very laudable goals. But while NGOs have been invited to the HLF, they have not been given sufficient opportunity to contribute to the discussion Only one NGO has been invited to speak. By contrast other actors from academia and industry have been given multiple opportunities to present their views.

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