limitations and exceptions
Consumers International is undertaking a multi-country programme of economic research on flexible copyright exceptions in developing countries that is to begin by the second quarter of 2014. The empirical research to be conducted will produce comparable data on how different types of copyright reform effects various actors (i.e. – consumers and innovative businesses), including both the effects on consumer welfare and on innovation in the technology and creative industries in developing countries.
Copyright law has long been described as promoting the public interest through a balance of exclusive protection for rights holders linked to limitations and exceptions to such rights for users. As described in a recent decision of the Canadian Supreme Court, promoting the public interest in the creation of and access to new works requires that “both protection and access must be sensitively balanced”; “users' rights are an essential part of furthering the public interest objectives of the Copyright Act.”
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.
On Friday 22 May 2009, I attended a workshop on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for education and research environments at the silver springs hotel Nairobi.
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.