Tag Archive for 'SCCR'

Hammer Time (or not): Breaking Free from the Law of the Instrument at WIPO

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. This – the law of the instrument, or Maslov’s hammer – refers to a situation where someone’s actions are more determined by the tool that they have at hand than by consideration of what the best response might […]

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Digital Isn’t Different: Learning the Lessons of the Pandemic at SCCR

This week’s 41st meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related rights (SCCR) will take place in hybrid form. With all but a few delegates attending online rather than in person, we are likely to see little in the way of concrete decision-making. However, as […]

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A Path to Progress at WIPO: Tackling Confusion, Complexity, and a Can’t-Do Attitude

The 40th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights was far from what was expected when IFLA and others last left Geneva in October 2019, at the end of the 39th meeting. The dates had changed (the meeting had been planned for July), the WIPO Director General […]

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Decisions, Decisions: The Options Ahead at the Next WIPO SCCR

Next week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) will meet, virtually, for the first time in over a year. This is an opportunity not only to take stock of work to date on the exceptions and limitations agenda, but also to consider […]

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Policy Incoherence for Stagnation: How Richer Countries’ Position at WIPO Contradicts their Commitments to the Rest of the World

A lot of money gets spent on aid annually – $132 billion alone from members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. This includes not only simple financial support, but also large amounts of expertise and technical assistance, in order to promote growth and well-being around the world. There is also […]

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Why is it important to make digital reproductions of collections in the public domain free and accessible?

What is the public domain? The public domain includes all creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Works protected by copyright are those where the rightsholder has the potential to limit access and many uses in exchange for remuneration. After the death of the author of the […]

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