IP Justice Report: TOP MYTHS About Karaoke CD-G Users’ Legal Rights

By |February 22nd, 2007|

Little case law exists in the United States that specifically deals with a consumer’s legal rights to use Karaoke CD+Graphic (CDG) discs. The lack of case law in this area leads to uncertainty among consumers regarding the legality of different uses of a CDG disc. This legal uncertainty has also lead to intimidation and fear of lawsuits stemming from over-zealous threats from karaoke producers, music publishers or record companies who hope to extend their rights in an unchartered area. Private consumers, karaoke hosting businesses (KJs), bars, restaurants, and others all make use of CDG discs in different ways and for different purposes. As a result, their legal rights may vary in some situations. ...

IPJ Intervention Statement at WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Negotiation

By |January 18th, 2007|

... Intellectual property rights can foster economic and social development. The Broadcast Treaty in its current form will not help to reach these aims and does not, in our understanding, comply with the decision of the 2006 General Assembly.

Tech-Industry & NGO Joint Statement on WIPO Broadcast Treaty

By |January 17th, 2007|

The undersigned organisations represent a broad set of constituencies with a direct interest in the discussions underway regarding an international instrument relating to broadcasting. Whilst we remain unconvinced that a treaty is necessary at all – and note that no convincing evidence has been presented that new international norms are required in this area – we do believe that a focussed, signal-protection-based Instrument to prevent piracy could be valuable. ...

Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Letter to US Govt. on WIPO Broadcast Treaty

By |December 22nd, 2006|

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) appreciates the efforts of the U.S. Delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to advance a signal-theft-based approach in the negotiations on the WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasts and Broadcasting Organizations, and urges you to continue to work to ensure that any WIPO broadcasting treaty does not impede the ability of the world’s consumers to benefit from developments in home and personal network technologies. ....

IP Justice and Others Sign Letter to US Govt. to Request Public Meeting on WIPO Broadcast Treaty

By |December 1st, 2006|

The undersigned public interest organizations wish to request a public and recordable meeting with the US delegation to WIPO before the Special Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), First Session January 17, 2007 to January 19, 2007 (Geneva, Switzerland). The undersigned respectfully request that the USPTO or/and the Library of Congress (LOC) invite formal public comments on the proposal to create a new International Treaty obligation establishing a novel intellectual property regime for broadcasting and cablecasting organizations, through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). We believe it is important to have public comments on the impact on U.S. law and affected constituencies if the U.S. or any other country were to ratify a new WIPO Treaty embodying that proposal.

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. ..."

Public Interest Groups Request to US Govt. to Oppose WIPO Broadcast Treaty DipConf

By |September 22nd, 2006|

IP Justice signed on to a letter to the US Delegation at WIPO. Other signatories to the letter are the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association Association of Research Libraries, CDT, CPTech, Consumers Union, EFF, Free Press, Media Access Project, Medical Library Association, Public Knowledge, Special Libraries Association, and U.S. PIRG

Un Steamrolls Member States, Insists on Controversial Broadcast Treaty: WIPO to Outlaw Internet Transmissions of Cable and TV Programs

By |September 13th, 2006|

IP Justice Report: Outcome of WIPO Broadcast Treaty Meeting Leaves Member States Unhappy

NGO Joint Statement for 15th SCCR on WIPO Broadcasting Treaty

By |September 11th, 2006|