It was amidst a backdrop of growing tensions and difficult negotiations at this year’s General Assembly that the 2014 process of electing the WIPO Director General officially began. Two candidates have been formally nominated for the position thus far: current incumbent Director General Francis Gurry from Australia, and Deputy Director General Geoffrey Oneayama from Nigeria. Continue reading “WIPO Elections Update: The Campaign Begins”
If you were following this year’s General Assembly, all the way to its confused and ultimately unsatisfactory end, then you’re well aware that a number of issues currently remain unresolved at WIPO. The assemblies of Member States will reconvene later this year in an attempt to bridge gaps, and find resolutions to the issues looming over them, moving into the next biennium.
Even amongst those agenda items which were successfully closed, the headway made was at times dubious at best. One such case was Agenda Item 32: Report of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) and Review of the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations.
Although our last post regarding the agenda for the 26th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) provided a broad overview of the issues to be discussed at this December’s session, we decided that in order to provide more in depth coverage regarding the texts that are on the agenda, a small blog post summarizing these provisional documents would help to put these documents under further scrutiny.
Currently, when looking at the agenda for the 26th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) one can see three items of importance that are to be discussed this December 16th to the 20th . These are: the protection of broadcasting organizations, limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives, and limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities. If all three of these sound familiar, it is because they were also on the agenda for the 25th session of the SCCR and whether they will still remain on the agenda for the 27th session will remain to be seen. However, until then, here is a brief summary of each item.
As September closes and October fast approaches, so too does the date for the next session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). Although the 26th session is not going to be held until December 16th to 20th of this year, many member states have reportedly already begun preparing for the meeting. As such, in preparation for this important event, we have worked to create an account of what happened at the previous session of the SCCR in order to better prepare readers of what is going to be discussed in Geneva this December.