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Does WIPO’s New Leadership Have the Vision to Shake Up Global Copyright Policy-Making?

New beginnings at WIPO  On March 4, Daren Tang was nominated director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the United Nations agency dealing with intellectual property matters. Tang is currently the chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and his six-year term as top WIPO official will start on October … Read More “Does WIPO’s New Leadership Have the Vision to Shake Up Global Copyright Policy-Making?”

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U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial

Update: On February 7, 2020, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Great Minds’ petition for rehearing (opinion (PDF)). As a result, the decision (PDF) of the panel in favor of CC’s interpretation of the licenses remains final. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reaffirmed Creative Commons’ interpretation of activities that are permissible under the … Read More “U.S. Appellate Court Enforces CC’s Interpretation of NonCommercial”

What’s next with WIPO’s ill-advised broadcast treaty?

Six years ago we wrote a blog post titled WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty: Still Harmful, Still Unnecessary. At the time, the proposed treaty — which would grant to broadcasters a separate, exclusive copyright-like right in the signals that they transmit, separate from any copyrights in the content of the transmissions — had already been on WIPO’s docket for … Read More “What’s next with WIPO’s ill-advised broadcast treaty?”

New NAFTA Would Harm Canadian Copyright Reform and Shrink the Public Domain

Late yesterday the U.S., Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement (now rebranded as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or “USMCA”) obligates Canada to increase its copyright term by an additional 20 years if the deal is passed. Canada currently observes the minimum term of copyright as … Read More “New NAFTA Would Harm Canadian Copyright Reform and Shrink the Public Domain”

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The Commons Opens Up the World

I first got involved with Creative Commons last year when the Creative Commons Global Summit happened in Toronto. I had just moved to Toronto, so it seemed like a great opportunity to see what the organization did firsthand.

Digital Rights Organisations Tell NAFTA Negotiators: Move Talks Out of the Shadows

Today Creative Commons and over two dozen civil society and digital rights organisations released a letter raising concerns about the potential impact of the re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on access to information, digital rights, and the open internet. The letter was released this week because trade negotiators from Canada, Mexico, … Read More “Digital Rights Organisations Tell NAFTA Negotiators: Move Talks Out of the Shadows”

Is Re-negotiating NAFTA Opening Pandora’s Box?

Without a refocus on user rights, transparency, and meaningful public input, the agreement will become a bonanza for copyright maximalists This week Creative Commons submitted comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) regarding negotiating objectives for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NAFTA is the controversial trade … Read More “Is Re-negotiating NAFTA Opening Pandora’s Box?”

In Uruguay, 14 people convicted for making copies of educational resources

Last week, 14 people were convicted by an Uruguayan judge for the crime of making copies of educational resources. The defendants, owners of copy shops located near the University of the Republic (Universidad de la República) in Montevideo, have been sentenced to seven months in prison, although the judge has conditionally suspended the imprisonment. The … Read More “In Uruguay, 14 people convicted for making copies of educational resources”

European Commission Copyright Proposal Leaves Users In The Dark

Copyright policy should benefit everyone, not just legacy rightsholders Today the European Commission released its legislative proposal for changes to EU copyright law. The proposal has been introduced as a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Directive fails to deliver on the promise for a modern copyright law in Europe. In an ideal … Read More “European Commission Copyright Proposal Leaves Users In The Dark”