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Lessig on Google Books settlement

Larry Lessig has writen a blog post on the Google Books settlement. Lessig starts by saying “this is a good deal that could be the basis for something really fantastic,” and then elaborates, noting how important will be the governance of the new non-profit registry. At the end, Larry trashes the legislative proposal for an orphan works act:

CNIB on proposed WIPO treaty for reading disabled

According to a note sent to KEI, CNIB in Canada considers the WBU proposal for a WIPO Treaty for the reading disabled to be “the most critical component of achieving true equality through the development of a ‘Global Library’!. This is a letter that Jim Sanders, the President and Chief Executive Officer of CNIB, sent to the Canada delegation to WIPO.

Chilean blind civil society requests support to the WBU treaty proposal

The Chilean National Blind Organization has sent this letter to the Chilean government requesting the support to support the WBU WIPO treaty proposal.

Santiago, 29 de Octubre de 2008.

Sr. Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores
Don Alejandro Foxley Rioseco

Estimado Señor Ministro,

Vision Australia supports a WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired

In a letter to the Australian delegation to the WIPO SCCR, Vision Australia expressed its support for the World Blind Union’s proposal for a WIPO Treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons. The text of the letter is available here:

Letter from Tiflolibros Argentina on WBU proposal for WIPO treaty

Letter that Tiflolibros has sent to the governments of Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador and Cuba requesting them to support the WBU proposal for a WIPO treaty for blind, visually impaired and disabled persons.

La Union Mundial de Ciegos solicita a la OMPI que considere un tratado para mejorar el acceso al conocimiento a las personas con

El 28 de Octubre del 2008, Chris Friend de la Union Mundial de Ciegos envió una carta al Director General de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI) con una propuesta para un Tratado de la OMPI para los ciegos, las personas con deficiencias visuales y otras personas con discapacidad para la lectura.

La carta de la Union Mundial de Ciegos a la OMPI esta disponible aqui

Siva Vaidhyanathan’s notes on the Google Book settlement

Siva Vaidhyanathan writes his initial reaction to the Google Book/publisher settlement. Among his conclusions:

PhRMA giving more to democrats these days

According to the WSJ today PhRMA is spending $13.2 million in an “ad buy to prop up 28 Congressional candidates, many of them vulnerable and all but three of them Democrats.” The Journal points out

Wall Street Journal spotlights Microsoft’s government procurement strategy in Africa

According to a Wall Street Journal piece published on 28 October 2008, Microsoft has engaged in an assiduous campaign to outflank Linux by courting 13 African countries to use its software in government ministries and public schools.

World Blind Union asks WIPO to consider treaty for reading disabled persons

On October 28, 2008, Chris Friend of the World Blind Union sent a letter to WIPO DG Francis Gurry, with a proposal for a “WIPO treaty for Improved Access for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons.” The case for the treaty is explained in the WBU letter.

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Dr. Yusuf Hamied at DNDi’s Geneva offices

James Love and Dr. Yusuf K. Hameid of CIPLA, at DNDi Geneva offices, September 2008James Love and Dr. Yusuf K. Hameid of CIPLA, at DNDi Geneva offices, September 2008

Association of American Publishers worried about Larry Lessig

The Association of American Publishers are apparently worried about Larry Lessig.

Patents and Standards

On Monday, KEI hosted this event.

October 27, 2008. Patents and Standards at WIPO and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

At KEI Washington, DC offices

Patents and Standards at WIPO and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)




WIPO enriched by in-depth discussions of the public domain

The penultimate day of the WIPO development committee held in-depth discussions on recommendation 20 of the Development Agenda which states:

To promote norm-setting activities related to IP that support a robust public domain in WIPO’s Member States, including the possibility of preparing guidelines which could assist interested Member States in identifying subject matters that have fallen into the public domain within their respective jurisdictions.

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