Copyright And The Public Interest: Not Necessarily Competing Forces

Neil Turkewitz

Copyright protection advances the public interest, and good public policy must properly consider “the role of intellectual property as a tool for economic emancipation, a catalyst for cultural diversity, and a powerful protector of individual dignity and fundamental human rights,” argues RIAA’s Neil Turkewitz.

South Africa Says WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Would Address Piracy As African Production Grows

Aynon Doyle, technical expert for the South Africa delegation at SCCR

As the broadcasting sector is growing in developing countries, concern over piracy of the signal of their broadcasts is rising, according to delegates from South Africa. Delegates attending last week’s World Intellectual Property Organisation copyright committee meeting sat down with Intellectual Property Watch and argued the importance of a potential WIPO treaty protecting broadcasting organisations’ rights.

No Directions For WIPO Copyright Committee, Despite Positive Mood

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Despite what was described as good momentum by World Intellectual Property Organization delegates trying to find ways to protect broadcasting organisations against piracy and providing copyright exceptions and limitations for the benefit of libraries, archives, education and research, no recommendation to the upcoming annual WIPO General Assembly could be agreed last week.

Broadcasting Treaty Discussions Open Way To New Convergence On Broad Principles

WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates this week have underlined the positive mood which governed the discussions on a potential treaty protecting broadcasting organisations. The topic has been on the agenda of WIPO’s committee on copyright for some 17 years. This week some convergence emerged notably on what the treaty should protect.

Copyright Exceptions And Limitations: Efforts By Chair To Break Status Quo Gather Support

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Yesterday, the chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright issued a non-official paper to delegates in an effort to break what appeared at the beginning of the session as status quo as delegations camped on their previous positions.

At WIPO, Performers Make Case For More Help, Visual Artists Seek Resale Right

music performance by Sväng

While the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright was discussing the protection of broadcasting organisations this week, performers lobbied for fair remuneration in the digital age. Visual artists, for their part, campaigned member states for a new treaty to be considered to protect their resale rights. Image Credits: Rishi Dhir

Report: New Technologies For Visually And Hearing Impaired People Lack Commercialisation

Side event at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Photo credit: Catherine Saez

A World Intellectual Property Organization patent landscaping report launched this week shows that although a large number of patents have been granted on technologies aimed to help visually and hearing impaired persons, most of them have not been commercialised yet.

Developing Country Broadcasters Ask For International Signal Protection At WIPO

SCCR - 3 - June 2015

The World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright opened this week with an information panel that underlined that broadcasters in developing countries face more or less the same issues than their counterparts in developed countries. Piracy remains a shared issue. This week, the committee is expected to breach the gap on differences on a potential treaty to protect broadcasting organisations.

WIPO: Databases To Protect GRs, TK, Useful But Some Controversy

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In the quest to find solutions to protect traditional knowledge and genetic resources from misappropriation, some countries have resorted to private databases to be used by patent examiners. Indigenous peoples are wary of the process primarily because they are not sure their knowledge will remain safe in those databases. Speakers at a World Intellectual Property Organization this week discussed the pros and cons of such defensive protection.

Two Sides Of Copyright Law To Be Considered By WIPO Committee Next Week

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The World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright is meeting next week with an agenda of discussions on a potential international instrument to protect broadcasting organisations’ copyrights, and at the same time exceptions and limitations to copyright for the benefit of libraries, archives, education, research, and persons with disabilities other than sight impairment.