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World Library and Information Congress, Seoul, South Korea, 21 August 2006
CI Presentation

Asia Commons Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 6 June 2006
CI Presentation

WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (Fourteenth Session, 1-5 May, 2006)
Statement by Consumers International

Provisional Comittee on Proposals related to a WIPO Development Agenda (20-24 February, 2006)
Statement by Consumers International


Training Workshop on Copyright and Access to Knowledge, 5 June 2006, Bangkok, Thailand

CI KL organised a Training Workshop on Copyright and Access to Knowledge on 5th June 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop which was part of CI’s project on Copyright and Access to Knowledge was organised to provide an overview of issues affecting consumers in developing countries from increased and stringent copyright protection; provide training on access to knowledge issues in relation to printed materials, digital materials and library users; share information on access to knowledge campaigns undertaken in Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa and Brazil; and disseminate information on CI’s Project on Copyright and Access to Knowledge. A total of 45 participants from 26 countries (Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America) attended this workshop. The event was organised with support from the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

National Workshop, 27 February, 2006, Bangkok, Thailand

As part of CI’s project on Copyright and Access to Knowledge, Project Partner, Foundation for Consumers organised a National Workshop at the Senate (Parliament house) in Thailand on 27 February, 2006. The workshop focussed on the Free Trade Agreement and its possible impact on access to knowledge. A total of 50 participants comprising Senators, judges, representatives from various government agencies, lawyers, academics, civil society organisations and the media participated in the workshop. For more information:

Planning Meeting of Education Coalition, Indonesia, 11 February, 2006, Jakarta, Indonesia
CI copyright project partner, Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) hosted a meeting of civil society organisations involved in issues relating to education. The planning meeting was held on 11 February in Jakarta to discuss a common platform for their coalition and plan activities to be held at strategic times during the year to raise issue of access to knowledge and education. Among the groups participating in the planning meeting of the Education Coalition were the Centre for Betterment of Education, Indonesian Street Childrens’ Organisation, Alternative Education for Women, Voice of Concerned Mothers, Indonesian Women’s Coalition, Indonesian Corruption Watch, Anti-Corruption Forum of Tanggerang, Cultural Study Group, Families Collective, and the Federation of Independent Teachers. For more information:
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Workshop on ‘Finding a Solution In Identifying Obstacles in Access to Information and Knowledge – Empowering Consumers to use ICT’, 10 February, 2006, Jakarta, Indonesia
A workshop to disseminate the findings of CI’s project on Copyright and Access to Knowledge was organised on 10 February, 2005 in Indonesia. Project partner, the Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) collaborated with the Department of Communication and Information, Indonesia in organising this event in Jakarta. A total of 50 participants attended this Workshop. For more information:
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Summary of Press Conference on "Textbook Procurement"

Media Coverage

Intellectual Property Watch - Vol. 3, No.3, March 2006, pg.5

The Edge Daily
Consumer organisations: Copyright pricing developing countries out of knowledge

WIPO Members Fret Over Procedure On Development Agenda Proposals

The Edge Daily - Netvalue
Unfair international treaties : Restricted access to knowledge in the public domain

Financial Times
Bad copyright advice ‘stunts learning’

Washington Internet Daily
CI examined the extent of access to educational materials under the IP laws of Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Thailand. The countries signed one or more accords, including the Berne Convention, the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement or the WIPO Copyright Treaty. All contain avenues, "albeit limited," for granting public access to knowledge, CI said.

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