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SCCR 27 Difficult Discussion re Orphan Works & Author Right to Withdraw Work from Circulation

May 1, 2014 SCCR TOPIC 7

The discussion regarding orphan works included the rather difficult and political topic of moral rights and the right to withdraw a work from circulation. Can a library reproduce and make available a work that the author wants withdrawn from the public?

For example the Africa group had proposed:

Right to Access Retracted and Withdrawn Works

Governments Interventions on Limitation of Liability for Libraries (some may surprise you)

SCCR 27 May 1, 2014 Limitation of liability for libraries and archives
Michelle Woods for the WIPO SECRETARIAT provided the SCCR with this very useful summary of the various proposals on the table:

This topic is on limitations of liability of libraries and archives. There is also actually a proposal to make that limitations on liability "for" instead of "of" libraries and archives, reflected in the text.

Cross-Border Evidence at SCCR 27 May 1, 2014

If the Broadcasters'treaty often appeared to be a treaty in search of a problem in the last few days (or years?), the Libraries and Archives' problem is about a treaty in search of a solution... or maybe solutions. And if the problems (and thus solutions) were not specifically cross borders...well, the librarians and archivists of the world would not be here "en masse" testifying at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, a Committee extremely proud to have created the WCT and the WPPT to solve the cross border issues of copyright owners.

The Need for an International Agreement on Orphan Works? A Large Coalition of Librarians & Archivists Make the Case at SCCR27

Orphan works are obviously the bread and butter of libraries and even more so for Archives, the very institutions that deal daily and all over the world with unpublished, anonymous but still culturally extremely valuable works. One would think that since there is little economic value for these types of works as well as an obvious international need to preserve and access these types of works, the discussions could go smoothly and result quickly in a new WIPO agreement. However, progress are slow, too slow for the good of copyright!

SCCR 27 Topic 2: Libraries & Archives

After 3pm the SCCR 27 (April 30, 2014) turned to Topic 2: Libraries and archives

In brief, countries supporting progress on a binding instrument on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives include the Africa Group, Iran, Mexico, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, Chile, Congo...

Representative quote of a proponent:

SCCR 27 WIPO *New* Broadcasters' Treaty: Impact on Rights Owners

As promised in my previous blog, here in their own words, Tuesday April 29, 2014 afternoon session of SCCR 27, the view point of copyright owners on the proposed treaty for broadcasting organizations. The fact that it is quite repetitive is probably one of the points they were trying to make and it was in fact quite effective in "changing" the general mood of the meeting.

The two following quotes summarize the arguments:

Is the WIPO Treaty for Broadcasters Moving Forward at SCCR 27?

The WIPO treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organization: The Way Forward?

On day 2 of Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 27, it looks as if the US delegation was showing the SCCR delegates a "way forward" for a new treaty for broadcasting organizations. It seemed as if US diplomacy was working efficiently and the US proposal was gathering support. However, while the US proposal was indeed gathering support, public interest groups and copyright owners also became more vocal in their opposition to the proposal on the table.

US Policy Making Transparency: A Good Example and a Really Bad Example

This short note is about giving people the heads up about four upcoming USPTO public meetings relating to copyright policy making: re remixes, digital first sale and calibration of statutory damages. It is a good example of ONE US agency (PTO is within a Task Force) wisely seeking "additional input from the public in order for the Task Force to have a complete and thorough record upon which to make recommendations." But this blog post is also about a really bad example: USTR.

On the Table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR27) April 28 to May 2

What is on the table for the next Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights: Twenty-Seventh Session (SCCR/27) April 28 to May 2, 2014 (Geneva, Switzerland)?

Leaked EU analysis of TTIP IPR negotiations

Below is a two page excerpt from a March 20, 2014 EU analysis of the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations on intellectual property rights, including geographical indications. The memo summarizes in a sentence or two the negotiations in eight types of intellectual property, patents, copyrights, designs, pharmaceutical regulatory test data, plant varieties, trademarks, trade secrets, geographical indications (GIs), as well as negotiations on enforcement, voluntary best practices, and cooperation on third country and multilateral IPR negotiations.

KEI Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301 regarding education and research

Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International, Comments on the IIPA oral and written submission to 2014 Special 301

March 7, 2014

Docket ID: USTR-2013-0040

In 2014, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) submission for the Special 301 failed to propose constructive policies by the USTR regarding copyright, as regards to access to knowledge and copyright related issues, in the context of education or research.

SCCR 26 Proposed conclusions at a glance

Proposed conclusions to SCCR 26

See PDF. Note that PDF has pages 2&3 out of order

Conclusions at a glance:

Item #1 At SCCR 26, Broadcasting Treaty: the proposed treaty is moving forward toward a diplomatic conference in 2015. It includes transmission over the internet. Paragraphs 1 to 10.

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty is gaining momentum; possible Moscow treaty 2015?

SCCR 26 December 20, 2013 afternoon: workplan discussion

After 5 days of diplomatic if not collegial meetings (at least in plenary, I do not really know what is going on in informals), the last day afternoon session is quite tense. The conclusions have been drafted (I briefly saw a leaked version) and the group coordinators have met with the Chair.

KEI Statement at WIPO SCCR 26 on Limitations and Exceptions for education, research & persons with other disabilities (12/20/13)

[as delivered orally this morning]
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

SCCR 26 Discussions regarding education & persons with other disabilities (12/20/13)

Discussions regarding an "International legal instrument in whatever form on limitations and exceptions for educational teaching and research institutions and persons with other disabilities" 12/20/13

Friday December 20, 2013 10am to 1pm

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