Wednesday, 28 October 2009

WIPO Striving to Increase Access and Protect Assets

Next week, Cairo, Egypt is hosting a WIPO seminar entitled “African-Arab Seminar on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions: Addressing the Needs of Affected Constituencies.”  Recognizing that copyright exceptions and limitations (CELs) differ from country to country, the seminar is designed to allow people to share perspectives and experiences from their countries.

The seminar is related to the work of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and the WIPO Development Agenda.  One of the aims of the Development Agenda is to increase access to knowledge, which often means increasing access to copyrighted materials.  In relation to this, the SCCR is doing research into copyright exceptions and limitations around the world.  Presumably, this seminar will help contribute to the ongoing discussions and research.

Presenters at the seminar hail from Egypt, South Africa and Egypt.  For those who will be in the Cairo area, more logistics details can be found here.

In related news, the 5th International Forum on Creativity and Inventions will be held the following week in New Delhi, India.  The forum includes speakers from Africa, as well as the rest of the usual guests.  This year’s topic is IP in a Changing World.  More information is available here.

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