SCCR 43: KEI statement on future work

On Thursday, 16 March 2023, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) delivered the following statement on the future work of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).

  1. KEI encourages the SCCR to include in its future work, the topics of unfair contracts, particularly as relates to Article 40 of the TRIPS Agreement, and the concerns expressed by libraries, educators, journalists and performers.
  2. In addition, the SCCR should focus on the management of metadata on copyrighted works, particularly as it relates to the attribution and management of rights, in the context of cross border uses and the topic of standards and interoperability of databases on metadata on works.

  3. And finally, the Committee should endorse the progressive implementation of the Africa Group work program on copyright limitations and exceptions.


Thiru Balasubramaniam is the Geneva Representative of Knowledge Ecology International. Prior to his post as KEI’s Geneva Representative, Mr. Balasubramaniam worked at Health Action International in Colombo and at the World Health Organization in Geneva as a technical officer in the Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy dealing with access to medicines and intellectual property. He began his career with CPTech working on issues related to health care and intellectual property. Mr. Balasubramaniam holds a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in European History from the University of Pennsylvania.