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State of Digital Rights: Impressions From RightsCon 2017

April 12, 2017 International , ITU , OECD , RightsCon , WIPO

Melanie Penagos, International Policy Associate at Public Knowledge, used Storify to show us her experience at RightsCon 2017.

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Public Knowledge Endorses Civil Society Opposition to the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

May 8, 2014 Copyright Reform , WIPO

Public Knowledge endorses and joins the strong civil society opposition to the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, which the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) considered from 28 April to 2 May.

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Victory for Access to Books for the Blind

June 26, 2013 International , WIPO

Countries agree on historic treaty to increase access to books for the blind.


Late yesterday night, countries gathered at Marrakesh, Morocco, agreed on a treaty designed to promote greater access to books for the blind and other visually impaired persons. As many have explained, currently, the blind have access to less than 5% of printed material in most parts of the world and this treaty is designed to change that situation. Representatives of the blind, public interest organizations, and library groups working on this treaty have expressed their happiness with the text.

Here is a quick summary of how the treaty could increase access to books for the blind:

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The 19th session of the WIPOs Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights Promises More Work

December 24, 2009 SCCR , WIPO

The 19th session of the Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights (SCCR) concluded this past Friday. Since my last post, the SCCR discussed the treaty for protection of audio visual performers (AV Treaty) and also a treaty for protection of broadcasting organizations.

The AV Treaty proposes to provide copyright protection to actors and other performers in movies and other audiovisual works. An effort to conclude the AV treaty had failed in 2000, as countries failed to reach agreement on the issue of how rights would be transferred from performers to producers. The issue is significant because, a motion picture involves the creative input of a large number of people and requires rights to be aggregated in one entity, usually the producer, to enable licensing rights to it. The law with respect to transfer of rights varies in different jurisdictions.

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PK In the Know Podcast for May 20th, 2009

May 20, 2009 Copyright Office , WIPO

PK Staff Attorney Rashmi Rangnath discusses the issues presented at the May 18th, 2009 public meeting held by the US Copyright Office and the US Patent and Trademark office on the topic of copyright exceptions for the blind or other persons with disabilities.

Grab it from our podcast or media feeds, download the episode here or listen to it in the player below.

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