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WIPO’s move to open access laudable among international organizations

It’s important, in the interests of transparency, accountability, and access to knowledge, that international organizations adopt open licencing of their publications and records.  WIPO’s recent move to implement a new Open Access policy puts it among the forefront of international organizations adopting Open Access policies. In 2013, Creative Commons announced a new Creative Commons licence […]

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Fair dealing and course packs: Canadian and international challenges

by Sara Bannerman A draft study by Professor Seng presented last week at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is of particular relevance to Canada, where many universities have recently begun to take the stance that the inclusion of articles or book chapters, for example, in hard copy and electronic course packs, is fair dealing that does […]

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WIPO to discuss library and archive copyright provisions

Some interesting proposals will soon be under discussion at the World Intellectual Property Organization that could free libraries, archives, educational and research institutions, and people with disabilities from copyright provisions that hamper their ability to make use of copyright works. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s committee on copyright meets this upcoming June 29 to July […]

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Gurry appointed for second term at WIPO

Francis Gurry has been appointed by the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a second term as Director General. Gurry is responsible for “signing, sealing, and delivering” two new intellectual property treaties, including the 2013 Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print […]

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US Congresswoman known for internet leadership opposes WIPO head re-election

US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren has released a letter calling on the US Secretary of State  to oppose the re-election of WIPO Director General Francis Gurry over concerns relating to the WIPO export of computers to Iran and North Korea.  Read the full post for Global Memo here.  

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