TPP negociations to extend copyright terms
Thu 5 Feb 2015, 03:20

New reports indicate that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have agreed to language that would bind its 12 signatory nations to extend copyright terms to match the United States' already excessive length of copyright. Nations including Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Canada would all be required to extend their terms and grant Big Content companies lengthy exclusive rights to works for no empirical reason. This means that all of the TPP's extreme enforcement provisions would apply to creative works for upwards of 100 years.

These are the terms of the proposal, revealed by several leaks of the TPP Intellectual Property chapter: If the copyright holder is an individual, the minimum copyright term would extend to the lifetime of the creator plus 70 years after her death. This means restrictions could easily be in place for a century after a work is created. In the case of works with corporate authors, the term extends to 95 years from the first publication, or if not published within 25 years of its creation, 120 years from then. These terms go far beyond what is required by international standards set out in the Berne Convention (WIPO) and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).

France and Italy want to expand the geographical indications protection system
Sat 16 May 2015, 13:20

A small number of World Intellectual Property Organization members this week are negotiating to expand a the Lisbon System for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin to protect geographical indications, products like Champagne.

The treaty is administered by WIPO, which keeps the International Register of Appellations of Origin. Under the Lisbon system, once registered in the international register, an appellation of origin grants protection in all member countries, without any need for renewal, for as long as the appellation is protected in the country of origin.

Lisbon members are currently seeking to approve a new act of the agreement, extending the protection granted by the system to geographical indications. They are holding a diplomatic conference within WIPO from 11-21 May (IPW, WIPO, 14 May 2015) to that effect.

TRIPS Council to discuss waiver extension
Mon 8 Jun 2015, 14:00

The World Trade Organization committee on intellectual property and trade this week will discuss a range of issues including a request by least-developed countries to extend the time before they are required to enforce rules on IP and pharmaceuticals. Other issues include a discussion of IP and innovation, and a moratorium on complaints about government actions that do not violate WTO rules but may harm trade.

The WTO Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is scheduled to meet on 9-10 June.

Copyright issues to be discussed by WIPO committee next week
Fri 26 Jun 2015, 16:40

The World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright is meeting next week with an agenda of discussions on a potential international instrument to protect broadcasting organisations’ copyrights, and at the same time exceptions and limitations to copyright for the benefit of libraries, archives, education, research, and persons with disabilities other than sight impairment.

The 30th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is taking place from 29 June to 3 July 2015.

WIPO seminar on shared genetic resources and traditional knowledge
Fri 26 Jun 2015, 16:40


The issue of genetic resources or traditional knowledge that are shared among different countries was discussed at a World Intellectual Property Organization seminar this week. Panellists presented national and regional efforts to protect such resources.

The seminar took place from 23-25 June. Four panels were organised to discuss several topics (IPW, WIPO, 25 June 2015), one of them focusing on regional and international experiences on transboundary (shared) genetic resources (GRs), traditional knowledge (TK), and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs or folklore).


WIPO Marrakesh Treaty on access for visually impaired
Mon 3 Oct 2016, 12:00

The World Intellectual Property Organization treaty on copyright exceptions for print-disabled readers entered into effect on 30 September, and trading in accessible format works began immediately. This week, the treaty will be a highlight of the annual WIPO General Assemblies, and is expected to come up at the parallel UN Social Forum taking place next door.