CC at SCCR 42 — A Look Back at the WIPO Copyright Meeting

From 9 to 13 May 2022, Creative Commons (CC) participated in the 42nd session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this blog post, we look back on the highlights of the SCCR/42 week. Super happy to represent ⁦@creativecommons⁩ at ⁦@WIPO⁩ #SCCR42 #copyright … Read More “CC at SCCR 42 — A Look Back at the WIPO Copyright Meeting”

Creative Commons condemns rejection of Wikimedia chapters as observers at WIPO SCCR

Yesterday, China blocked the ad-hoc accreditation of the Wikimedia chapters of France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, and Switzerland as official observers to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Previously, China rejected the Wikimedia Foundation’s application for observer status to this UN agency. The WIPO SCCR … Read More “Creative Commons condemns rejection of Wikimedia chapters as observers at WIPO SCCR”

Creative Commons’ Response to Wikimedia Foundation’s WIPO Observer Application Being Blocked

Yesterday, we were disappointed to learn that the Wikimedia Foundation’s application for observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was blocked due to opposition by China for the second time after its initial application in 2020. Creative Commons has been an accredited observer at WIPO since 2005. WIPO is the UN agency that … Read More “Creative Commons’ Response to Wikimedia Foundation’s WIPO Observer Application Being Blocked”

In Support of the Wikimedia Foundation WIPO Application

One of our roles at Creative Commons involves influencing policy making at the international level. This is a role we can fulfill notably thanks to our permanent observer status with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the UN agency that shapes international intellectual property (IP) law. However, a few days ago, the Wikimedia Foundation’s application … Read More “In Support of the Wikimedia Foundation WIPO Application”

WIPO Main Building

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?”

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?”

Creative Commons at WIPO: Supporting a more fair copyright for teaching and learning

Last week in Geneva, Creative Commons participated in the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) bi-annual meeting of its committee on copyright and related rights. CC has had “observer status” at WIPO since 2011, which means that it can attend the proceedings and at times offer written or oral feedback on activities of the committees. WIPO’s … Read More “Creative Commons at WIPO: Supporting a more fair copyright for teaching and learning”

Securing the right to read for the visually impaired

Braille soon coming to Visual Libraries Project by Claire Sambrook, CC BY-NC 2.0. Today the Marrakesh Treaty—the international agreement to improve access to copyrighted works for the blind and visually impaired—goes into effect. The treaty has been discussed at the World Intellectual Property Organization since 2008 and was signed in Marrakesh in June 2013.  It … Read More “Securing the right to read for the visually impaired”

WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty: Still Harmful, Still Unnecessary

Creative Commons has been involved in discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the last several years, and we’ve made interventions in support of the public domain, as well as other topics. One issue in particular that is resurfacing at WIPO is a draft treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, or “Broadcasting … Read More “WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty: Still Harmful, Still Unnecessary”

WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty: Still Harmful, Still Unnecessary

Creative Commons has been involved in discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the last several years, and we’ve made interventions in support of the public domain, as well as other topics. One issue in particular that is resurfacing at WIPO is a draft treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, or “Broadcasting … Read More “WIPO’s Broadcasting Treaty: Still Harmful, Still Unnecessary”