World Health Assembly (WHA 67) agrees to create pooled R&D fund, endorses delinkage of R&D costs from product pricesSubmitted by James Love on 24. May 2014 - 4:45
Today the World Health Assembly (WHA) reached consensus on a "decision", WHA67(15), regarding the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development.
On Friday, 23 May 2014, the World Health Assembly is currently discussing access to essential medicines in the context of resolution EB134.R16, tabled China in January 2014. The following statement was delivered by South Africa on behalf of the 47 members of the African region. South Africa highlighted the point that "vaccines and anti-cancer drugs remain out of reach of millions of people in both developed and developing countries."
Wednesday, at the George Mason University Law Campus in Arlington, VA, the Office of the US Trade Representative hosted an all day Stakeholder Forum in conjunction with the fifth negotiating round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The first part of the day was devoted to Stakeholder Policy Presentations, with several hours of presentations by a variety of industry, academics, trade associations, and public interest groups. The latter part of the day consisted of a briefing by the US Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney and the EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia-Bercero.
This Wednesday 21 May 2014, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Civil Society Coalition, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Oxfam, Health Action International (HAI) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) will host a side event at the WHA on, "Innovation and Access to Medicines and Vaccines: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities for Middle-Income Countries."
At the opening of the 67th World Health Assembly, today the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN), Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), and Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) released a briefing, "Cancer medicines are essential in reducing the global burden of non-communicable diseases."
WIPO fails to reach agreement to convene a Diplomatic Conference for adoption of the Design Law TreatySubmitted by thiru on 9. May 2014 - 23:44
On Thursday, 8 May 2014, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Francis Gurry as Director General for a second term. This second term would run from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2020.
The General Assembly also addressed the following topic: "Consideration of the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty." At the close of business on Friday, 9 May 2014, the General Assembly could not reach consensus on convening a Diplomatic Conference on concluding the Design Law Treaty.
At 12:56 AM on 3 May 2014, WIPO's Copyright Committee, (SCCR27) could not reach agreement on the future work on "Limitations and exceptions: libraries and archives." The main point of contention was "text-based work" which the European Union sought to excise from the text. Consequently, the Committee was at an impasse in developing an appropriate international legal instrument (in whatever form) on copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives (whether model law, joint recommendation, treaty and/or other forms).
May 2, 2014, during "other matters" to be discussed at the WIPO SCCR, some observers and delegates were a little surprised by the number of delegations who spoke in favor of adding "resale Rights" to the agenda of next SCCR sessions. However, some of the observers and delegates were not at all surprised having observed this week the diligent work of a CISAC representative with various key delegates.
ORPHAN WORKS, RETRACTED AND WITHDRAWN WORKS, AND WORKS OUT OF COMMERCE
May 1, 2014 SCCR TOPIC 7
The discussion regarding orphan works included the rather difficult and political topic of moral rights and the right to withdraw a work from circulation. Can a library reproduce and make available a work that the author wants withdrawn from the public?
For example the Africa group had proposed:
Right to Access Retracted and Withdrawn Works
SCCR 27 May 1, 2014 Limitation of liability for libraries and archives
Michelle Woods for the WIPO SECRETARIAT provided the SCCR with this very useful summary of the various proposals on the table:
This topic is on limitations of liability of libraries and archives. There is also actually a proposal to make that limitations on liability "for" instead of "of" libraries and archives, reflected in the text.
KEI and other NGOs attending SCCR 27 have been able to make interventions on various articles in the proposed library treaty. On the issue of library access to orphaned works, KEI's intervention covered the following points, and made a proposal for text.
1. There is ample evidence that national approaches to providing access to orphan works is quite diverse.
2. The diversity of approaches have been used by some to express pessimism that this issue can be addressed in a treaty.
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!
The six countries listed in the Special 301 list, every year, had much higher growth of incomes than USASubmitted by James Love on 1. May 2014 - 4:59
According to USTR's 2014 report, six countries have been listed on the Special 301 list "every year since the report's inception." The six countries that have appeared on the Special 301 list every year were Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey.
On Wednesday, 30 April 2014, Kenya delivered the following statement on "Limitations & Exemptions for Libraries and Archives" on behalf of the African Group. In contrast to the European Union, the African Group underscored the point that copyright limitations and exceptions