Apr 032014
 
Law Professors File Brief in U.S. Supreme Court : International Law Supports Aereo

30 international intellectual property law professors from around the world filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court today in ABC v. Aereo. Aereo is being accused of being directly liable for copyright infringement by supplying equipment for a remote DVR service that allows consumers to record and play back free-to-air television programming. The brief [...]

Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

 Posted by on March 21, 2014
Mar 212014
 
Ukraine Given a Pass on Special 301 Threats

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that it would not seek sanctions against Ukraine following its designation as a Priority Foreign Country in the Special 301 process last year. The notice states that the USTR sticks by its finding that “certain intellectual property rights (IPR) acts, policies, and practices of Ukraine are unreasonable [...]

Feb 282014
 
USTR rejecting EU bids for more transparency in TTIP

USTR demands for hyper-secrecy in the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continue to be a major block to continuing negotiations. The current issue under discussion is access to US proposals by EU member states — which are of course themselves sovereign countries. The member states are demanding access to the text of proposals that would [...]

Feb 192014
 
USTR Accepts Business Proposal to Segregate Public Interest in Advisory Committees

United States Trade Representative Froman announced yesterday that his agency will create a public interest trade advisory committee (PITAC) for academics and NGOs as part of the trade advisory committee structure. But instead of including public interest representatives within Industry Trade Advisory Committees, USTR has accepted the proposal of industry representatives to segregate non-industry views [...]

Jan 272014
 

Professor Peter Jaszi will testify tomorrow before a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, as a witness in a hearing on “The Scope of Fair Use.”  The hearing will focus on the fair use doctrine, which permits limited unauthorized use of copyrighted material, and which is relied upon to create [...]

Jan 172014
 

Copyright Week is the perfect occasion to celebrate fair use, certainly the most dynamic and arguably the most important doctrine in copyright law. The last 15 or 20 years have seen a remarkable series of developments that make fair use, now more than ever, the most vital protection of the public interest in the Copyright Act. For Copyright Week, we wanted to highlight a part of the fair use landscape that, perhaps more than any other, puts fair use in the hands of practitioners who need it most: the Fair Use Best Practices movement.

Jan 102014
 
Trade Promotion Authority Bill Falls Short of Ensuring Transparency and the Public Interest

Contacts: Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law, 202-274-4157, sflynn@wcl.american.edu Margot Kaminski, Yale Law School, margot.kaminski@yale.edu David Levine, Elon University School of Law, 336-279-9298, dlevine3@elon.edu The release of a Trade Promotion Authority bill yesterday, including provisions to increase Congressional oversight of the trade negotiation process, is a welcome sign that Congress may be preparing [...]

Dec 162013
 
Global Congress Endorses Principles for International Intellectual Property; Criticizes Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Researchers, scholars and policy specialists from over 40 countries drafted and endorsed a declaration of Fundamental Public Interest Principles for International Intellectual Property Negotiations that are starkly at odds with some trade agreement negotiations. The Principles were adopted at the Third Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest which met in Cape Town, [...]

Nov 272013
 
USTR Announces New Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Proposals for Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

[Updated Dec 3, 2013]. USTR released a document describing several policy changes in its Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement proposals on provisions related to the prices of medicines. It is not known whether these changes are related to public pressure that has been mounting on USTR after the leaks of its positions on Wikileaks last [...]

Nov 142013
 

In the midst of the controversy surrounding the release of a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiating text on intellectual property by Wikileaks yesterday, over 80 law professors of intellectual property law and related disciplines have written to President Obama, Members of Congress and the United States Trade Representative calling for the creation of a [...]