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…

Trend Towards Copyright Reform For The Benefit Of Innovation Continues in Europe

As Europe debates the balance of intellectual property rights in the wake of ACTA, Ireland is taking comments through the end of this month on a paper it published on copyright and innovation. Despite the various pressures to increase copyright enforcement online without due regard for negative side-effects, it is very encouraging to see that…

Another Setback for ACTA in Europe

By Jakob Kucharczyk in Brussels and Matt Schruers in Washington In another blow to the troubled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the trade agreement, David Martin (UK, Socialists and Democrats Group) indicated in a public event on Thursday that he would recommend against the Agreement. In a blogpost today, MEP Martin also observed that, as…