Regional activities on copyright and A2K

Access to Knowledge - Copyright as a Barrier to Accessing Books, Journals and Teaching Material

This was a two-year project (October 2004 to September 2006) implemented by Consumers International Kuala Lumpur Office with the support of the Open Society Institute Development Foundation (US) and the International Development Research Centre (Canada).

The project aimed to develop evidence-based policy recommendations by conducting research on the impact of copyright and other practices/policies on access to knowledge in both print and digital educational materials; to use the research results to create greater awareness of access to knowledge issues among civil society (and consumer groups in particular); and to develop capacity of those groups to advocate for reforms in national and regional policies as they relate to access to knowledge.

The project comprised: -

  1. Desk research on the maximum limitations and exceptions available in the international copyright instruments for developing countries to facilitate access to knowledge in educational materials;
  2. Case studies of the national copyright law of 11 developing countries in the Asia Pacific region to examine to what extent limitations and exceptions to copyright protection have been provided;
  3. Research studies in Indonesia and Thailand to examine the impact of copyright and other practices/policies on access to knowledge in both print and digital educational materials;
  4. National workshops in Indonesia and Thailand to develop reforms to laws and policies/practices adversely affecting access to knowledge and develop action plans;
  5. National advocacy campaigns in Indonesia and Thailand to raise awareness of the issues among civil society organisations and policy makers in the two countries, to develop capacity of the consumer groups in these countries to advocate for reforms in national and regional policies relating to copyright and access to knowledge, as well as to influence bilateral and multilateral negotiations to ensure a favourable regime for access to knowledge; and
  6. An international workshop on copyright and access to knowledge.

The project partners were the Indonesian Consumers Organisation (YLKI) and the Foundation for Consumers (FFC) of Thailand.

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