Limitations and Exceptions

SAVE THE DATE (10 November 2010): What should the WIPO SCCR do about limitations & exceptions: the way forward?

On 10 November 2010, Knowledge Ecology International will hold a side event from 13:30 to 14:45 in the Uchtenhagen room at WIPO which shall address the question, "What should the WIPO SCCR do about limitations & exceptions: the way forward"? Speakers include representatives from the Centre for Internet & Society, Egypt, the International Publishers Association, KEI and the South Centre. This is an open event. Please see below for details.

What should the WIPO SCCR do about limitations & exceptions: the way forward?

Invitation to the KEI side bar event

Why would blind people get less than the Olympic Committee? Choosing between Convention, Recommendation and Declaration

When I first heard David Mann representing the World Blind Union at the information session of November 2003 SCCR, call for the "creation of international agreements which would allow the unhindered transfer of accessible material created in one country to blind and partially sighted people in another country", I did not know that this issue had been the subject of a WIPO/UNESCO report in 1983, which had then proposed Model Provisions Concer

Six Myths about the treaty for people with disabilities that should be debunked next week?

Next week (March 8-12) delegates from various developing countries will gather in Washington, DC for a week long "INTERNATIONAL TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND COUNTRIES IN TRANSITION ON EMERGING ISSUES IN COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS AND ISSUES PERTAINING TO BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS" co-organised by the US Copyright Office and WIPO. We hope that at least 6 Myths about the treaty for people with disabilities proposed by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay will be clearly debunked once and for all during the training.

Deadlock at 14th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

After a around 10 hours of informal consultations today, it appears that the 14th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) has not reached consensus on new items for the Committee's consideration. From sources close to the negotiation, much of the wrangling dealt with whether to preserve the non-exhaustive nature of the list of issues identified at SCP 12 and SCP 13.

Suggestions by Asian Like-Minded Countries on Future Work of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)

The members of the "Asian Like-Minded Countries" group are: India, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan.

Agenda 8: Future Work

1. [Following a proposal by the Chair,] the Committee

(a) reaffirmed that the non-exhaustive list of issues identified at the twelfth session of the SCP held in June 2008, and updated at its 13 session, would remain open for further elaboration and discussion at its next session(1);

SCP 14: Draft text on Future Work

Around 4:20 PM CET, the following draft text was made available for for Member States' consideration. Currently, the countries are in informals considering the following text.

Around 5:50 PM, a draft text entitled "Suggestion by Asian Like-Minded Countries" was made available.

Among the key amendments suggested was the following language:

"Comments of Member States and Observers would be reflected in annexures appended to the respective studies"

2009 Proposal by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay, Relating to Limitations and Exceptions: Treaty Proposed by the World Blind Union

On May 25, 2009, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay (BEP) submitted a formal proposal at the WIPO SCCR 18, asking that the SCCR consider a proposal for a treaty that was presented to the SCCR in 2008 by the World Blind Union. In 2010, the government of Mexico joined as a co-sponsor of the treaty proposal. Below is the text of the BEP submission at WIPO:

Eighteenth Session Geneva, May 25 to 29, 2009

Of Limitations, Exceptions and Verse (WIPO copyright committee)

Following the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) which for much of its existence has endeavored to unsuccessfully hammer out a Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations has provided a window into the human condition replete with incidents of humor, frustration and hope.

Draft Conclusions of the WIPO copyright committee (March 2008)

This text was handed at around 11 AM on Wednesday morning. Apologies for any typos. This was typed by 3 different people from the hard copy distributed by the International Bureau.



Sixteenth Session, March 10 to 12, 2008-03-12


Protection of audiovisual performances

SCCR Day 2: Re Limitations and Exceptions (Finally)

After a rather disappointing day 1 of the standing committee on copyright and related rights at WIPO, Day 2 is turning out to be a good constructive day.

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