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2008.12.17 19:01:02
Denise Nicholson

 

Various organizations have responded to the EU Commission‘s Green Paper on “Copyright in the Knowledge Economy”.  One such organization is the Electronic Information for Libraries Network which represents national library consortia in 50 developing and transition countries.

 


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  EU Green Paper: European Commission
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2008.12.17 14:44:08
Denise Nicholson

On 21 November 2008, IFLA’s President, Ms. Claudia Lux, initiated the first NGO Meeting on Convergence. As a result, IFLA will take up the Secretariat of this Convergence Group for the next two years. The Group’s next meeting is planned for May 2009.

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  IFLA; copyright co-operation; cultu
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2008.12.12 10:42:29
Tobias Schonwetter

The University of Pretoria was appointed by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to conduct research onExceptions to Copyright in South Africa. Its research report (as yet unpublished) has now been submitted to the DTI to take the matter further.


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2008.11.12 10:29:11
Administrator

Professor Kenneth Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University in the United States of America was commissioned by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to do an investigative study into the limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives for member countries of WIPO. The WIPO Study on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives was published on the 26 August 2008.                   


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  statutory provisions | archives | copyright exceptions for libraries | study
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2008.09.09 08:08:14
Caroline Ncube

Hi everyone, Marisella, Kwame, Jeroline and I are at the Yale A2K3 Conference in Geneva. Marisella presented a paper during the ACA2K and Human Rights Panel session yesterday. She took that opportunity to introduce the ACA2K Project.

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2008.09.06 21:12:03
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In its Press Release 2008/553 on 20 May 2008, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced the launch of a pilot programme to assist indigenous communities to document their own cultural traditions, archive this heritage for future generations, and safeguard their interest in authorizing use of their recordings and traditions by third parties.  

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  Kenya | traditional knowledge | copyright | WIPO | intellectual property | indigenous knowledge | indigenous communities
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2008.09.04 10:19:07
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Good news for developing countries! A new Think Tank in Geneva, called IQsensato, has been set up to provide a platform for leading thinkers, researchers and IP experts in developing countries to discuss and debate key intellectual property and related issues.


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2008.08.16 16:21:33
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Dick Kawooya and I co-authored a paper entitled "The impact of Copyright on access to public information in African countries: a perspective from Uganda and South Africa", by invitation from Mr. Paul Sturges, Chair of IFLA's Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE).  ACA2K project was mentioned in the paper to alert conference delegates, particularly Africans, to the research being done on copyright and access to learning materials in 8 African countries.


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  copyright | IFLA | IFLA CLM | IFLA Committee on Copyright and Oth
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2008.08.16 15:39:47
Administrator

On 12 July 2008, ACA2K project members, Dick Kawooya, Denise Nicholson, Achal Prabhala and Tobias Schonwetter attended the Commonwealth of Learning's Intellectual Property Workgroup's meeting in London. This meeting set the scene for the Copyright Session held on 14 July 2008 at the 5th Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning held at the University of London (13th -17th July 2008).  For details on the PCF5 programme, see: PCF5 . Keynote sessions and presentations can be found at PCF5 Wiki


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2008.08.01 06:43:28
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The Library of Congress National Digital Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) and the SURFfoundation recently published the

International Study on the Impact of Copyright on Digital Preservation.


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  intellectual property | copyright | digital preservation | Africa | libraries | educational institutions
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2008.06.20 11:33:13
Administrator

South African Intellectual Property Amendment Bill, 2007

(Traditional Knowledge)

Who really benefits?

The Department of Trade and Industry published the Intellectual Property Amendment Bill, 2007, on 5 May 2008, in the Government Gazette, Vol. 515, No. 31026, calling for public comment by 15 June 2008 (see: http://www.dti.gov.za/ccrd/ipbills.htm).


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  traditional knowledge | indigenous knowledge | copyright; intellectual property | South African Copyright Act
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2008.06.20 11:27:11
Administrator

South Africa's Cultural Laws Third Amendment Bill, 2007 -

Why have the needs of libraries, education and people with sensory-disabilities been ignored?


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2008.06.20 11:24:09
Administrator

What is copyright?

Copyright is a category of intellectual property and a statutory monopoly for a limited period of time. It gives authors and creators a ‘bundle' of exclusive rights to control certain activities relating to, among other things, the use, reproduction, public performance and dissemination of their original works, including literary, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films, sound recordings and published editions. Computer programs usually fall under the category of literary works but under South African Copyright law, they are treated as a separate category.


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2008.06.20 11:23:02
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The ACA2K network has just finalised its Methodology Guide, which is a roadmap for the project's research and policy engagement between now and early 2010. You can view the Guide at http://www.aca2k.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=61


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2008.06.20 11:21:55
Administrator

 

There has been an ongoing struggle between rights-holders and users of information over several years with regard to copyright matters.  Developed countries are promoting stricter copyright regimes and longer terms of protection which far exceed the minimum requirements of international copyright treaties. Developing countries, on the other hand, are calling for more balanced and appropriate copyright regimes to enable them to pursue their development policies.

 


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2008.06.20 11:20:00
Administrator

Why is it necessary for the South African Copyright Act to be amended?

The South African Copyright Act No. 98 of 1978 has been amended from time to time since 1978, but Section 13 Regulations which include provisions for libraries and education, have not been amended to date.  The Act and its Regulations are outdated and they do not address the digital environment, nor do they take advantage of appropriate limitations and exceptions ("legal flexibilities") allowed in international intellectual property agreements.


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