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KEI's December 19, 2015 submission to the US ITC regarding the TPP

Attached here is a KEI submission to the US ITC for the January hearing of the

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC
Investigation No. TPA-105-001
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

Our earlier, related testimony on trade agreements was here: http://keionline.org/node/2370

The UK's rebates on drug sales, and introducing the budget constraint into pricing models

Under the UK's Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS), drug companies will make rebates of about £550 million in 2016, according to this story.

SAVE THE DATE - 16 December 2015 - KEI breakout session on A WTO Agreement on the Supply of Social Goods

On Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at the Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (National Law University, Delhi, India), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a breakout session (led by Jamie Love, Director, KEI) on a WTO Agreement on the Supply of Social Goods.

SCCR 31 Chair's Conclusion

Chair's Conclusions

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MICHELE WOODS: Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, 31st session, Geneva, December 7 to 11, 2015. Summary by the Chair.

Agenda item 1. Opening of the session. The 31st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights SCCR or Committee was opened by Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General who welcomed the participants and opened agenda item 2.
Ms. Michele Woods, WIPO, acted as secretary.

SCCR 31 Chair's proposal for future work and conclusions

The Chair proposed an intersessional on broadcasting and regional meetings regarding Libraries and Archives. This was supported by Asia, Grulac and Africa (but Africa wanted to include education and research institution) and rejected by Group B. The decision will be made at the next SCCR, SCCR 32 possibly May 9-13 2016.

SCCR 31: KEI Statement on Droit de Suite/Resale Rights

Day 5 of SCCR 31, December 11, 2015

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Thank you Mr Chair.

We welcome the proposal tabled by Senegal and the Congo to include the droit de suite, the artist resale right, in this Committee’s agenda for future work.

I would like to refer to the Directive mentioned by the Commission, Directive 2001/84/EC which came into force on 1 January 2006:

SCCR 31 KEI Statements on Legal Deposit and on Lending

Topic 3 is Legal Deposit.

KEI ‘s question is the following: should these designated deposit systems --national archives or libraries-- be mandated or encouraged as I believe it is described in the US principles)?

We're not even sure this is a copyright issue and to what extent this is essential for libraries.

However, as the IFLA Statement underlined, Legal deposit was the original limitation on copyright, embedded in the Statute of Anne and we believe it could be discussed in the form of a model law intended to ensure the preservation of works at a national level.

SCCR 31: Statement of SAA Representative re Reproduction and Safeguarding Copies

Statement of SAA Representative to WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights 31 December 2015 by
William J. Maher (w-maher at illinois.edu)

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TOPIC TWO: Reproduction and Safeguarding Copies

SAVE THE DATE - 16 December 2015 - KEI workshop on a WTO Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and the copyright 3-step test

On Wednesday, 16 December 2015, at the Fourth Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (National Law University, Delhi, India), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) will convene a workshop entitled a "WTO Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and the Three-Step Test for Copyright and Related Rights."

SCCR 31: KEI Statement on Right of Reproduction and Safeguarding copies

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Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) is and has been supportive of the Committee's work on access and preservation of knowledge which is important for everyone and every country.

Preservation and safeguarding copies of works is to some degree a global public good. We all want and need works to be preserved, and copyright and reproduction rights coupled with limitations and exceptions are essential.

SCCR31: General Statement of South Africa on Limitations and Exceptions

On Thursday, 10 December 2015 South Africa made the following general intervention on copyright limitations and exceptions at WIPO's 31st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright Right and Related Rights (SCCR).

SCCR 31: International Federation of Journalists concerns regarding broadcasting treaty consequences

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The IFJ, represented by Mike Holderness expressed some concerns regarding the new layer of rights for broadcasters and cablecasters:

> International federation of journalists: Thank you. Since this is the first time I have spoken, congratulations to the chair and the Secretariat for the excellent running of this event.
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