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International Symposium of Public Policies for Digital Collections

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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.

Event Date and Time: 
26/04/2010 - 01:00 - 30/04/2010 - 09:00

Impact of copyright on access to education in the Philippines

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.

Are consumers calling for action against counterfeit software?

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.

Consumers International at WIPO

The highlight of the 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has been the proposal today by Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay of a WIPO Treaty for Blind, Visually Impaired and other Reading Disabled Persons that was drafted by the World Blind Union and presented for discussion at the previous SCCR meeting last November.

Global copyright watch list reveals US hypocrisy and how out-of-date legislation is damaging consumer interests


Consumers International (CI) today released the results of its inaugural Intellectual Property (IP) Watch List: a global snapshot of how national IP and copyright laws serve or subvert consumer interests.

Norm setting on copyright limitations and exceptions at WIPO: What is ready?

by James Love (KEI)

Over the past several weeks there have been a several cases where some well motivated and knowledgeable persons about copyright policy have expressed criticism of an effort by WIPO to negotiate a treaty for persons who are blind or have other reading disabilities, on the grounds that this is not ambitious enough, and a larger all inclusive treaty on limitations and exceptions should be the target.

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:

Copyright and Access to Knowledge: Policy Recommendations on Flexibilities in Copyright Laws

Copyright and Access to Knowledge: Policy Recommendations on Flexibilities in Copyright LawsThe main outcome of CI's work on Access to Knowledge - Copyright as a Barrier to Accessing Books, Journals and Teaching Material was a 65-page report on Copyright and Access to Knowledge: Policy Recommendations on Flexibilities in Copyright Laws.

Copyright and Access to Knowledge

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