The 16th round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership wrapped up in Singapore this week, and according to the official press release the intellectual property chapter is one of a small number of chapters (along with competition and environment) that remain unresolved, and will be the focus of the remaining negotiating rounds.
Copyright enforcement ought to be about going after those who profiteer from the work of others by dealing in pirated goods, and about protecting consumers from sub-standard fakes. Instead, the industries pushing for tougher copyright enforcement have become fixated on controlling the behaviour of ordinary consumers.
These explanatory notes to the MOU Concerning the Interpretation of the Right of Quotation were prepared by Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property, VU University Amsterdam; Senior Consultant, Bird & Bird, The Hague. You may also download a PDF copy.
The preamble reflects several fundamental considerations that lie at the core of the following guidelines.
The following is page 1 of a 7-page paper entitled, "Toward Consumer-ownable Digital Personal Property".
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As the peak body of the global consumer movement, Consumers International believes that a knowledge society can be developed only when there is access to information on all fronts. Such a society is sustainable when access to knowledge is unhampered and inclusive, promoting co-operative forms of knowledge production as the basis for innovation and creativity.
See the official Web site at http://culturadigital.br/aovivo/.
The digitization of Brazilian Cultural Collections has become a high priority issue, asking for an analysis about the limits imposed by the current Copyright Law, the opportunities created by new technologies, the existing standards, as well as the strategies to create an effective network between organizations and existing projects.
3D Trade-Human Rights-Equitable Economy, a Geneva-based NGO, and IBON Foundation submitted a paper entitled The Philippines: Impact of copyright rules on access to education to the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on the Rights of the Child last June 2009.
According to a press release issued by Microsoft last week to announce its "Consumer Action Day" against counterfeit software, "consumers want action", and are relying on Microsoft to "give people a voice in the fight against software counterfeiting". Whilst we do agree that counterfeiting of any kind can endanger consumers when they believe they are purchasing original products, we have to question Microsoft's credentials to represent consumers' interests here.