Access to Knowledge

SCCR32, Day 5: African Group statement on copyright limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions

African Group Statement on Agenda Item 7
Thirty-Second Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

11 May 2016

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

Nigeria has the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Africa Group.

KEI comments to UK Consultation on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities under discussion at WIPO

The proposal for a WIPO treaty for persons who are blind or have other disabilities moved forward at the last SCCR meeting in June 2011, when a wide collection of high income and Latin American countries endorsed a joint paper that could serve as a basis for a diplomatic conference. The fact that Brazil, the US and the EU were among the countries endorsing the paper was very significant.

Undermining the copyright exceptions for the blind

The WIPO "Stakeholder Platform," an endeavor by rightholder organizations that came about in response to the proposal of the World Blind Union Treaty, seeks to engage in voluntary agreements and licensing deals to make works accessible to the visually impaired. Although the "Stakeholder Platform" appears to be a positive measure on its face, these voluntary agreements may actually impair, rather enhance, the ability of the blind to gain access to books and other works.

Maria Martin-Prat reported to replace Tilman Lueder as head of unit for copyright at European Commission

1257323036PS4picMARTINPRAT.JPGAccording to stories in the German and French press (links below), Tilman Lueder will be leaving his position as the head of union for copyright for the European Commission, for a new EC job in China. [The FT confirms Tilman is leaving, but suggests he will have a different assignment]. Tilman will reportedly be replaced by Maria Martin-Prat.

Copyright lobby (IIPA) demands that USTR punish governments who 'consider' mandating open source software

On February 18, 2010, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a trade association whose members include the Business Software Alliance (BSA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) prepared a 498 page submission to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) detailing their concerns with 39 countries or territories which the IIPA believed were not providing adequate and effective protection of their

KEI comments in OSTP review of policies to deliver public access to results of taxpayer-funded research

Before The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Regarding the development of policies to deliver public access to published results of taxpayer-funded research



Knowledge Ecology International appreciates the opportunity to submit the following reply comments in connection with the Notice of Inquiry regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded by Federal science and technology agencies published in the Federal Register on December 31, 2009.


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  • A2K : Access to Knowledge
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Open Access to Scientific Literature

Letter to Senators on Public Access Act

February 16, 2007
Senator Susan Collins
461 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510


Senator Joseph Lieberman
706 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Senators, 

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