The German Proposal on a New Leistungsschutzrecht – Endangering Press Diversity and the Digital Economy

Shortly before the next elections in Germany which will take place exactly a year from now, the German government set into motion the adoption of a new copyright law that, if it passed parliament, would be unique in the world. Unique, however, in every negative sense of the word. In essence, the German government would…

How To Reboot WIPO

As CCIA Geneva Representative Nick Ashton-Hart writes in his IP Watch op ed this week, the entire intellectual property community knows there are problems with the World Intellectual Property Organization. “WIPO’s accountability, transparency, and governance are not fit for purpose in the 21st century,” he said. The piece goes on to offer brief details on six reforms…

Making Noises In Europe

Brussels is a town full of diplomats, civil servants, lobbyists….and a few politicians. We know that most diplomats are very discreet and that politicians are, well, noisy. But what about trade associations? In my experience most associations here dilute their work because of a reluctance to speak ‘loud and clear’ on the issues of the…

The “Book Famine” Affecting Visually Impaired People Exposes Issues for Copyright Affecting Everyone

From July 16th to 25th, the world’s copyright decision-makers met, as they do twice each year, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in Geneva. Are you sleeping yet? It sounds dull – and these meetings can be – but they may prove to be the key to ensuring that the worldwide copyright system’s legal…

EU: Public Consultation on ‘Notice and Action’ Procedures

Last week the European Commission initiated a public consultation titled: “A clean and open Internet: Public consultation on procedures for notifying and acting on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries”. As the name suggests, the consultation addresses rules and procedures for notifying and acting (N&A) on illegal content hosted by online intermediaries. This consultation is…