Copyright and related rights issues in the USTR Special 301 Report 2020

Since 1974, the “Special 301 Report” (the Report) provides an annual review of the state of intellectual property protection and enforcement among U.S. trading partners around the world. Amended in 1988 by Congress, the Trade Act is “to provide for… Continue Reading

SCCR36 A look at 2 big issues: Deferred transmission and Term of Protection of Broadcasts

First: Deferred transmission. What is a deferred transmission? Here are the definitions in Daren Tang’s (the Chair of the SCCR) text of the treaty. Available here: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/copyright/en/sccr_35/sccr_35_12.pdf: (f) “near simultaneous transmission” means a transmission for the reception by the public… Continue Reading

SCCR 35 Day 1 at WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: will the “YouTube treaty” progress?

Day 1 at WIPO STANDING COMMITTEE ON COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS Since 1998, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR),has engaged in negotiations to create new norms for the protection of broadcasters, cablecasters and now –again– webcasters… Continue Reading

SCCR 34 Discussions on Limitations and Exceptions for people with other disabilities

May 4, 2017 SCCR 34 Discussion on Limitations and Exceptions for people with other disabilities

If the final text of the Marrakesh Treaty had included Article 15(b) of the 1st version of the treaty negotiating text (SCCR/18/5) that would have clearly covered “other disabilities”, we would not have had the morning discussion.

Here is what had been drafted with the approval of an inclusive group of disabilities experts:

ARTICLE 15. DISABILITIES COVERED

(a) For the purposes of this Treaty, a ‘visually impaired’ person is:

a person who is blind; or
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SCCR 34 Chair’s proposal regarding the committee’s work on L&E and member states comments

SCCR 34 May 3. Chair’s proposal regarding the committee’s work on L&E and member states comments

In brief:

  • The Chair supports an update of the Crews Study
  • The Chair proposes a seminar or conference with multidisciplinary approach to L&Es in the digital environment (instead of separated “silos” such as are now L&Es for Libraries and Education
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