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Broadcasting Treaty Discussions Open Way To New Convergence On Broad Principles

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:05
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.
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Copyright Exceptions And Limitations: Efforts By Chair To Break Status Quo Gather Support

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:52
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.
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At WIPO, Performers Make Case For More Help, Visual Artists Seek Resale Right

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 00:28
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. On 29 June, the International Federation of Musicians […]
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Report: New Technologies For Visually And Hearing Impaired People Lack Commercialisation

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 23:47
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.
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Poland To Modify Authors’ Rights Violations Regulation After Constitutional Court Ruling

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 10:13
WARSAW - Poland’s Constitutional Court has released a ruling in which it states that the country’s regulation obliging any entity violating other entity’s author’s rights to pay the threefold amount of due payment is excessive, and, as a result, should be amended. The latest ruling will oblige the Polish Parliament to modify the authors’ rights bill in line with the Constitutional Court decision, and decrease the amount of the due compensation.
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Developing Country Broadcasters Ask For International Signal Protection At WIPO

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:30
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.
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WIPO: Databases To Protect GRs, TK, Useful But Some Controversy

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 02:19
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.
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Special Report: ICANN Reviews Process For New Domains; Names Proposal For IANA Transition Done

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 08:04
Experts at last week’s meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Buenos Aires reached a milestone with a final proposal from the ICANN working group for the transition of internet control away from the United States. But global governance without oversight remains difficult, as the ongoing review of the introduction of new generic top-level domains aptly illustrates.
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Two Sides Of Copyright Law To Be Considered By WIPO Committee Next Week

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:32
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.
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Shared Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge: National, Regional Efforts

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 08:12
The issue of genetic resources or traditional knowledge that are shared among different countries was discussed at a World Intellectual Property Organization seminar this week. Panellists presented national and regional efforts to protect such resources.
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Effects Of New Australian Blocking Legislation Remain Highly Controversial

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 17:25
Much will depend on Australian federal judges after a website blocking bill targeting copyright violations was passed by both houses of the Australian legislature this week.
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US Political Trademarks And Campaign Branding 2016

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 08:32
As prospective presidential candidates prepare to plunge voters in the United States into campaign purgatory, it is time for pundits to examine how candidates are branding their political campaigns and crafting their messages to appeal to the electoral audience. With the presidential race beginning to heat up, which candidate will seize the message that resonates most with American voters? And what will that message be?
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WIPO Seminar Looks At Protection Of TK, Genetic Resources Across Borders

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 06:16
Keen on maintaining momentum in the discussions on the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources, while the normative agenda on the issue is suspended, the World Intellectual Property Organization is holding a seminar on the subject this week.
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Secret Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Takes Centre Stage In Asia

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 07:23
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), part of US President Barack Obama’s promised pivot to Asia, has stirred up a hornet’s nest on the ethics of trying to hammer out a trade deal in secrecy. But it is not the only one. A proposed trade agreement in Asia, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), is facing the same hiccups and flak.
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Experts Debate IANA Transition: “Designing In A Straitjacket” Or Securing Stability?

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 14:11
Internet expert groups this week are being asked if they agree to a proposal prepared in thousands of hours of voluntary work to transition key elements of internet control away from the United States government. Meanwhile, the US confirmed that the process of transition will extend well beyond the target of September of this year, and some countries are deploring that the transition was not started with a “clean slate.”
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IANA Transition Slipping; Technical Communities Ask For Phases

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 06:16
Preparations for transitioning the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) – with core elements of the global internet - out of United States oversight do not appear to on track for the 30 September deadline. As a result, cautious pressure is mounting from the internet protocol numbers administration and protocol standardisation bodies to consider at least a “phased implementation” of the transition.
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UN Expert Urges Encryption, Anonymity Online To Preserve Freedom Of Expression

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:16
A United Nations expert on freedom of expression this week has brought international attention to the need for individuals to be able to share completely encrypted, anonymous communications on the internet in order to preserve rights related to freedom of expression and opinion worldwide.
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WIPO Roving Seminars Reach Out To Stakeholders In Developed Countries

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:05
The World Intellectual Property Organization has initiated a programme of reaching out to stakeholders in developed countries with “roving seminars” on WIPO services and initiatives. The programme targets potential WIPO customers, promotes local IP services and offices, and promotes intellectual property protection.
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EU Parliament Hearing: Data Protection Not A Trade Barrier, But A Fundamental Right

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 17:20
At a hearing on data flows and data protection in trade agreements this week, several members of the European Parliament called for the clear exemption of current and future data protection regulation from ongoing trade negotiations.
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CERN Open Innovation Project Steps Up Collaboration

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 08:56
A collaboration between the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and leading information and telecommunications technology companies has entered a new phase in dealing with challenges in IT infrastructures. This new phase also marks the inclusion of public research organisations in the collaboration. Separately, the program director discussed the role of intellectual property rights at the lab.
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