Copyright and access to knowledge

A new report on access to knowledge and the implementation of IP legislation in developing countries. The report is very critical of the adoption by developing countries of restrictive IP legislation, and it also criticises WIPO’s draft legislation. The summary says:

Copyright and Access to Knowledge discloses that Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Thailand have all expanded the scope of copyright protection (i.e. the works to be protected and the rights accorded to copyright owners) beyond what is required by the international copyright treaties they have acceded to. In addition, they have not incorporated all the available limitations and exceptions that would have opened up access to knowledge.
More insidious however, is the legislative advice being provided by multi-lateral agencies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). WIPO’s advice to developing countries contained in its Draft Laws on Copyright and Related Rights does not take full advantage of all the flexibilities available under the various international copyright treaties.

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