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ERIC Number: ED509860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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Making Knowledge Accessible across Borders: The Case for Mandatory Minimum International Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Education, Capacity Building and Development
Hinze, Gwen
Electronic Frontier Foundation
On March 10-12, 2008, the World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights met in Geneva to begin talking about exceptions to, and limitations on, rights granted to copyright holders by international instruments, a topic which is of vital importance to developing countries. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member countries universally supported keeping the topic of exceptions and limitations on the Committee's agenda. The WIPO Secretariat was requested to organize an information session in conjunction with the next meeting of the Committee on November 3-7, 2008 to present on studies commissioned by WIPO on exceptions and limitations for the visually impaired and libraries and archives. The WIPO Secretariat was also asked to commission a new study on exceptions and limitations for the benefit of educational activities, including distance education and the trans-border aspect of it. As a result, copyright exceptions and limitations will be an ongoing focus of the work of WIPO's Copyright Committee in the next year. These discussions flowed from three proposals submitted to WIPO by the government of Chile at the initiative of the Chilean Ministry of Education. In November 2004, Chile asked WIPO to include the subject of exceptions and limitations to copyright and related rights for the purposes of education, libraries and archives, and disabled persons on the agenda of the Committee and "to strengthen international understanding of the need to have adequate limitations, learning from existing models and moving towards agreement on exceptions and limitations for public interest purposes, which, like minimum standards, were to be envisaged in all legislation for the benefit of the international community" (SCCR/12/3).
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Chile; Switzerland (Geneva)