[EIFLoa] Sign the Washington Declaration on IP and the Public Interest
b.michalska at bu.uni.torun.pl
Thu Oct 6 22:45:09 EEST 2011
From Poland there is more than 10 signs till now, we will promoto
loger this declaration
Cytowanie Iryna Kuchma <iryna.kuchma at eifl.net>:
> [Forwarded message from Teresa Hackett, EIFL-IP Program Manager]
> On August 25-27, 2011, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual
> Property at the American University in Washington held a global congress
> attended by over 180 experts from 32 countries and six continents, who
> helped to re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual
> property law and policy.
> The conclusions from the Congress are the "Washington Declaration on
> Intellectual Property and the Public Interest", which is open for signature.
> To date over 780 academics, government representatives, NGOs and other civil
> society representatives from all over the world have signed up. Iryna
> Kuchma, EIFL-OA Program Manger and myself have signed for EIFL.
> We encourage you join like-minded colleagues from around the globe and to
> add your signature. If you are signing on behalf of your consortium or
> institution (recommended), please remember to get their approval first!
> http://infojustice.org/washington-declaration (scroll to page end for
> Extract from the full text,
> We begin our statement of the Congress’s conclusions with two overarching
> • International intellectual property policy affects a broad range of
> interests within society, not just those of rights holders. Thus,
> intellectual property policy making should be conducted through mechanisms
> of transparency and openness that encourage broad public participation. New
> rules should be made within the existing forums responsible for intellectual
> property policy, where both developed and developing countries have full
> representation, and where the texts of and forums for considering proposals
> are open. All new international intellectual property standards must be
> subject to democratic checks and balances, including domestic legislative
> approval and opportunities for judicial review.
> • Markets alone cannot be relied upon to achieve a just allocation of
> information goods — that is, one that promotes the full range of human
> values at stake in intellectual property systems. This is clear, for
> example, from recent experiences in the areas of public health and
> education, where intellectual property has complicated progress toward
> meeting these basic public needs.
> Informed by these two broad points, the Congress adopted a series of
> specific recommendations for action, which are expressed below.
> [The headings]
> -Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place
> -Valuing Openness and the Public Domain
> -Strengthening Limitations and Exceptions
> "...Promote limitations and exceptions that enable libraries, museums,
> archives and other “institutions of memory” to fulfill their public interest
> missions, while assuring that cultural and educational institutions take
> advantage of existing flexibilities...."
> -Setting Public Interest Priorities for Patent Reform
> -Supporting Cultural Creativity
> -Checking Enforcement Excesses
> -Implementing Development Agendas
> -Requiring Evidence-based Policy Making
> Read the Declaration and sign up (scroll to page end),
> It would be great if lots of EIFL partner countries can sign up!
> Best wishes
> Teresa Hackett
> EIFL-IP Program Manager
Biblioteka Uniwersytecka w Toruniu
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