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International Civil Society Sends Letter to WIPO Over China’s Rejection of Wikimedia Foundation

IP Justice and 54 other international public interest organizations signed a letter letter of concern to the Member State Delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) after the application for "observer status" requested by the Wikimedia Foundation was twice rejected by China during WIPO General Assemblies.  The civil society letter called on country delegations to [...]

IP Justice Statement at WIPO General Assemblies 2021

I am representing IP Justice, an international advocacy organization on internet regulation and digital governance.  I urge the delegates to reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty and adopt Limitations and Exceptions provisions. Imagine when big broadcasting companies own the learning materials in school, and that broadcaster will own the contents created by artists. The Broadcast Treaty [...]

IP Justice WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Policy Brief 

Summary  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Broadcast Treaty had a long journey of two decades of negotiation on the WIPO table. U.S. delegates proposed a most recent draft at the Standing Committee of Copyright (SCCR 38) in 2019, and the last SCCR 41 Agenda asks for comments on possible next steps for the Broadcast [...]

Public Interest Organizations Ask White House for TRIPS Waiver to Fight Covid

IP Justice and 11 other nonprofit organizations urged the US White House to apply a TRIPS-waiver relating to Covid-19 to all intellectual property rights, and not only patents.  Many tools related to making vaccines and other critical medical equipment needed to fight Covid are hindered by restrictive intellectual property laws, including copyright, stated the organizations [...]

Coalition of Public Interest Groups and Tech Companies Urge US Congress to Oppose Rule Changes that Enable Government Hacking of Personal Computers

A group of civil liberties groups and technology companies wrote to US Congressional leaders today to oppose the proposed changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The change to the rule would grant federal magistrate judges broad authority to issue warrants for hacking and surveillance in cases where a computer's location [...]

IP Justice Joins Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case Apple v. Samsung

In a key legal battle pending before the U.S. Supreme Court over the reach of design patents, IP Justice joined other public interest organizations in asking the court to overturn a controversial decision from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that would have negative consequences on technological innovation. The U.S. Supreme Court amicus curiae brief [...]

Dissenting Opinion of Member Robin Gross to ICANN CCWG Accountability Report on Issue of Enhancing Governmental Control Over Internet via ICANN Accountability Reform Process

Dissent of Member Robin Gross to CCWG-Accountability Report as .pdf (18 February 2016) Dissenting Opinion of Individual Member Robin Gross on the Issue of GAC Over-Empowerment, Marginalization of Supporting Organizations While the majority of recommendations included in the CCWG-Accountability Report for Work Stream 1 mark significant and laudable improvements for ICANN’s accountability processes, the proposal [...]

IP JUSTICE JOURNAL: The Internet in China by Konstantinos Komaitis

The Internet in China: A New Normal? by Konstantinos Komaitis - September 1, 2015 Full Article as .PDF The Great Wall of China is not just an amazing structure; its role and purpose are equally fascinating. Built over two centuries, the main purpose of the Great Wall was to protect China from its enemies and [...]

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