Archive for February, 2012

Canadian Pharma: High Prices, Low Research & Development

The Globe’s Jeffrey Simpson has an excellent column on the state of big pharma in Canada, noting that Canadians pay high prices for pharmaceuticals but that big pharma has not met its commitment to devote 10 percent of sales to research and development.  Prices would increase further with potential legal […]

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February 6, 2012 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Poland Suspends ACTA Ratification

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has announced the country is suspending its ratification of the Anti-Counterfeitint Trade Agreement. The announcement comes following huge protests in cities across the country.

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February 3, 2012 2 comments Must Reads

Beyond SOPA: ACTA, WIPO, and the Global Copyfight

Last week, I delivered a keynote address on copyright issues at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The talk focused on the activism around SOPA and assessed the global strategies employed by the U.S. and copyright lobby groups of shifting away from WIPO toward closed negotiations such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

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February 3, 2012 12 comments Conferences, News, Video

“Why I Signed ACTA”

Slovenia’s Ambassador to Japan offers a full explanation for why she signed ACTA: I signed ACTA out of civic carelessness, because I did not pay enough attention. Quite simply, I did not clearly connect the agreement I had been instructed to sign with the agreement that, according to my own […]

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February 3, 2012 1 comment Must Reads

The Academic Spring

The Economist reports on the growing boycott of Elsevier by thousands of academics over open access issues.

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February 3, 2012 1 comment Must Reads