On day 2 at SCCR 30, Anne Leer tells delegates to make broadcasters happy, extend treaty to Internet

Anne Leer is the WIPO Deputy Director General for Culture and Creative Industries Sector, where she leads WIPO’s activities in the field of copyright and related rights. Not a familiar figure at WIPO, she joined the organisation in December 2014, coming from the commercial side of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In addition to the BBC, she had previously worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, and Financial Times/Pearson and Prentice Hall. Continue Reading

Statement of India at SCCR 30 on WIPO broadcasting treaty

This is from the statement India read today at SCCR 30, on the topic of the broadcast treaty.

India is flexible in supporting the issue of unauthorized live transmission of signal over computer networks provided the broadcasting organization has rights over the content broadcast by it. India alternative proposals submitted at 26th session of SCCR are in complete conformity with the mandate of the 2007 WIPO General Assembly.

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SCCR30 Is the (zombie) broadcasting treaty back?

Day 1 of SCCR 30 Information Session

Find a few Juicy bits from the long “Information Session on Broadcasting” that started this morning and was continued way passed the planned time of 4pm. It was also the least balanced panel I have ever seen at a WIPO SCCR. A handful of broadcasters, one media analyst, one journalist at the BBC, the WIPO Secretariat represented by Ann Leer (who worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, BBC, and Financial Times/Pearson and the BBC).

Basically there was no one remotely critical of the proposed treaty nor any public interest representative.

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My question to WIPO, regarding the lack of balance in SCCR 30 presentations on broadcast treaty

Today we are in endless “informational” session, chaired by John Simpson from the BBC, and featuring big broadcasters from India (Zee Network), and Brazil (TV Globo), ABN Holdings Ltd (ABN) (A company headquartered England, about) and the Caribbean Communications Network Limited. Continue Reading

SCCR 30 June 29: Agenda for the week and Group Statements re Broadcasting and L&Es

SCCR 30 Day 1 June 29, 2015

The SCCR 30 started with the same industry representatives we usually meet here: the MPA, FIJ, IAF, CISAC, Croplife, IFPI, ABA etc… There are also quite a large group of library and archives representatives (IFLA, eifl, Archives etc). However there are many empty chairs for the public interest or pro development NGOs. Some might arrive later?

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WTO TRIPS Council June 2015: Norway’s statement on Non-Violation and Situation Complaints

Norway delivered the following statement on non-violation and situation complaints at the June 2015 meeting of the WTO TRIPS Council.

As delivered

TRIPS COUNCIL MEETING 9 AND 10 JUNE 2015

6. NON-VIOLATION AND SITUATION COMPLAINTS

Statement by Norway

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  • We would like to join the overwhelming majority of members that have intervened today.
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TRIPS Council June 2015: Norway provides unequivocal support of LDC Group request for extension of the transition period

On Wednesday, 10 June 2015, Norway – a high-income member of the WTO with a GDP per capita of 100,898 USD- (Source: World Bank, 2013) delivered this powerful intervention supporting the LDC Group request for an extension of the transition period for pharmaceutical products. On the LDC Group’s specific request on extension until graduation, Norway said,

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