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    Whither WIPO: Will WIPO Wither?

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    Friday November 11, 2011
    Last week I appeared on a panel on the Internet and intellectual property at the Canadian Council on International Law annual conference in Ottawa. My talk - Whither WIPO: Will WIPO Wither? - focused on the shift away from WIPO as a forum for international IP developments.


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    Possible Copyright Treaties Brewing at WIPO

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    Wednesday June 15, 2011
    IP Watch provides a preview of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights session that starts today in Geneva, noting several potential treaties that are up for discussion.
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    Copyright Lobby Group Makes the Case for Flexible Digital Lock Rules

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    Thursday February 17, 2011
    The International Intellectual Property Association, which represents large copyright lobby groups such as the RIAA, MPAA, BSA, and ESA, has released its annual report on the state of intellectual property protection in dozens of countries around the world. The report is designed to convince the U.S. government to place countries on the "Special 301 watchlist". Canada is regularly cited, though Canadian officials have noted:

    In regard to the watch list, Canada does not recognize the 301 watch list process. It basically lacks reliable and objective analysis. It's driven entirely by U.S. industry. We have repeatedly raised this issue of the lack of objective analysis in the 301 watch list process with our U.S. counterparts.

    This report is what Canadian officials have in mind when they talk about it being driven entirely by U.S. industry. There are many aspects worth noting in this year's report - the criticism of countries like Vietnam and the Philippines for encouraging the use of open source software (the Vietnamese program was established to help reduce software piracy), the criticism of Bill C-32's digital lock provision that allows cabinet to establish new exceptions (the IIPA would like any new exceptions to be both limited and for a limited time), and the near universal demand that countries spend millions of public dollars on increased policing, IP courts, and public education campaigns.

    Of particular note, however, is the fact that the IIPA report provides a fairly convincing case that there is considerable flexibility in implementing the WIPO Internet treaty anti-circumvention rules.



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    NZ Govt Copyright Leak: Doubts Value of WIPO Internet Treaties, Supports Flexible Digital Lock Rules

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    Saturday December 04, 2010
    New Zealand is one of several countries currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, a regional trade deal that the U.S. would like to see include a major chapter on intellectual property (Canada has been excluded from the talks).  A new leak [PDF] of the New Zealand government's position on the IP chapter is revealing on several levels, most notably for its criticism of the WIPO Internet treaties and the attempts to limit existing flexibilities on digital locks.  According to the leaked document:


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