Consumers International, with the support of UFC-Que Choisir and La Quadrature du Net, is holding a Business Roundtable on the Consumer Interest in IPRs on the afternoon of 22 October (just before the TACD's second Paris Accord meeting), to bring together representatives of the entertainment, publishing, information technology and communications industries to discuss and debate the role that consumers' interests play in their decision-making
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The 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Authorities which will be held in Spain, in the Palacio Municipal de Congresos (Congress Palace) of Madrid, on 4 to 6 November 2009, organised by the Spanish Data Protection Agency.
The Consumers International Global Meeting on A2K 2010 is to be held at the Holiday Villa hotel in Subang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21 and 22 April 2010.
Debate over the scope and enforcement of intellectual property rights (such as copyright, patents and trademarks) has often been polarised, with business stakeholders representing the interests of IP owners, and civil society representing the interests of content users.
Consumers International's African regional meeting on A2K was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 April. It was attended by sixteen African members and partners, including the President of CI, Samuel Ochieng, all of whom participated actively. The meeting succeeded in raising important issues for consumers that even the previous two regional meetings had not covered. These will be consolidated with ideas raised at the previous two regional meetings in CI's strategic plan on IP and A2K for the global consumer movement, to be presented at CI's Council meeting in June.
The second of CI's regional meetings on A2K took place on 30 and 31 March in Santiago, Chile. The meeting was conducted in English and Spanish, through the use of simultaneous interpretation. Its participants included twenty representatives of CI members and like-minded NGOs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru, as well as a special guest from the UK.
The first of Consumers International's regional meetings on Access to Knowledge, held this week in Kuala Lumpur, was a considerable success in establishing the programme of the global consumer movement for its work on intellectual property and A2K over the next few years. In addition, the meeting served a valuable regional capacity building function, with over forty participants attending, thirteen of them giving presentations on the issues for consumers in their country around Access to Knowledge, communications rights and access to the Internet.
|09:30:00||Welcome and introductions|
|10:00:00||Presentation on "Intellectual Property as a Consumer Issue" by Jeremy Malcolm|
|11:00:00||Presentation of country reports on IP and communications rights|
Reports presented by:
Intellectual property experts gathered in Washington DC for a conference hosted by the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue
As a new Administration has just taken office in Washington, and the
European Union renews its institutions in a few months, what should
the political agenda be for intellectual property?
This was the subject of discussion during a two day conference hosted
by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) on the 12th & 13th
January 2009 in Washington, DC: