IP Justice Comments on 2006 London School of Economics Report to Improve the GNSO

By |October 19th, 2006|

"Many of the proposals in the 2006 LSE Report to reform the GNSO are good - for example, standardized term limits for GNSO Council Members, reducing the number of constituencies from 6 to 3 -- and consolidating the business, intellectual property rights lobby, and internet service providers all in a single "commercial" constituency. This would be an improvement because currently many of the same companies dominate more than one constituency, so are given much greater power within ICANN than other constituencies. For example, companies like Disney, News Corp, and the International Chamber of Commerce dominate both the IPR and business constutiences - giving their interests double weight on ICANN's GNSO Policy Council. ..."

IP Justice’s Top 10 Reasons to Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

By |September 27th, 2006|

1. Eliminates the public domain. 2. Creates obligations that drastically exceed international standards. 3. Chills freedom of expression similarly to U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 4. Threatens to regulate Internet transmissions of media. Read more .....

IP Justice Statement at WIPO 42nd General Assembly

By |September 27th, 2006|

"IP Justice strongly recommends, that Member States decide against convening a Diplomatic Conference to draft a Broadcast Treaty. At the 15th Session of the SCCR several Member States made clear their objection against moving forward based on the draft proposal. The SCCR Chairman’s decision to convene a diplomatic conference is premature and lacks the consensus necessary for legitimate democratic law-making. ..."

IP Justice at 2006 WIPO General Assembly, Gilberto Gil Recalls Jefferson

By |September 25th, 2006|

Broadcast Treaty Not Ready for Primetime - Development Agenda Stalled for 2nd Time - Brazil's Minister of Culture & Musician Warns Assembly Against Broadcast Treaty

IP Justice Submission to the IGF: Realizing the Internet’s Promise for Universal Access to Knowledge and Development

By |August 2nd, 2006|

- Internet’s open and free nature are key to accessing knowledge and development - Internet Governance Policies and Intellectual Property Rights - IP Justice Recommendations for an Internet Governance Forum Discussion to Promote the Internet as a Tool for Access to Knowledge and Development: 1. Preserve Openness of Internet and Free Flow of Information: - Build Freedom of Expression Values into Laws & Architectures - Critical Online Speech Censored by Copyright and Trademark -“Digital Locks” Control Flow of Information and Threaten Interoperability - Preserve Interoperability with Open and Free Technical Standards - Governments Adopt Open Document Formats - Encourage Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Development 2. Grow the Online Information Commons: - Recognize Internet as Valuable Tool for Access to Knowledge - Protect and Value Public Domain - Database Rights Restrict Free Flow of Information on Internet - Provide Online Access to Publicly Funded Research - Recognize Social Value of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Software 3. Build Respect for Civil Liberties into IPR Laws and Procedures Addressing Online Behavior - ICANN’s Whois Policy Must Conform with Privacy Laws - US DMCA “Notice and Take-Down” Provisions Should Comply with Due Process Conclusion: IGF Should Address Relationship Between Intellectual Property Rights, Free Expression, and Access to Knowledge

IP Justice Supports Tax-Payer Access to Online Research

By |July 31st, 2006|

Consumer Groups Support Public Access Act
Consumers Union, CPT, IPJ and others support bill requiring key federal funders to post research on the Iinternet
WASHINGTON, DC – Eight consumer groups have announced their support for the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006 (S.2695). The Act was introduced on May 2, 2006 by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) […]

Tragedy of the Commons: IPR in the Info Age

By |July 28th, 2006|

“Tragedy of the Commons”: Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Age
The Threat to Civil Liberties and Innovation Posed by Expanding Copyrights
By Robin D. Gross, Esq.
IP Justice Executive Director
Published by MIT Press, 2006

0.  Introduction
As we enter an information age, the rules governing the use and dissemination of information become increasingly important. Clashes between fundamental freedom […]

IP JUSTICE STATEMENT at the 2nd Session of the Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda at WIPO

By |June 26th, 2006|

IP Justice Statement
at the
2nd Session of the
Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda at WIPO
26 – 30 June 2006 – Geneva, Switzerland
By IP Justice Executive Director Robin D. Gross
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to address this Provisional Committee for a Development Agenda (PCDA) at WIPO. I represent IP Justice, an international public interest […]

IP Justice statement at the open consultations of the UN Internet Governance Forum

By |May 19th, 2006|

1. Freedom of Expression 2. Privacy Rights 3. Balanced Intellectual Property Rights 4. Development Agenda for Internet Governance 5. Access to Knowledge

IP Justice: “WIPO Pushes Forward with Broadcasting Treaty – Webcasting Deferred”

By |May 8th, 2006|

By IP Justice Executive Director Robin D. Gross
8 May 2006
An agreement was reached on 5 May 2006 at the conclusion of a United Nations treaty negotiation in Geneva to exclude the issue of webcasting from a controversial treaty proposal to create new rights for broadcasting companies.
The UN Specialized Agency in the business of enacting global […]