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UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: CRIS Statement/ UNESCO Convention sur la diversité culturelle: Communiqué CRIS

The campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society (CRIS:
www.crisinfo.org) welcomes UNESCO's near-unanimous approval of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. The Convention is a clear demonstration that governments recognize that culture cannot be reduced to a mere commodity. By endorsing the Convention, governments have shown that they are prepared to take positive steps to support cultural diversity in the age of global cultural industries.
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Diversity of Cultural Expressions News

Here is the link to consult the Diversity of Cultural Expressions News of this week: http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/international/diversite-culturelle/eng/index.html

In this edition of our Newsletter: The State Department of the USA held a second public briefing to discuss their work in the negotiations of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity;

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Update on the intellectual property language in the UNESCO treaty

This is a short update on the intellectual property language in the UNESCO draft convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions (more commonly known as the Convention on Cultural Diversity).
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State Dept. holds second briefing on UNESCO Convention

On Wednesday, July 27, 2005, the State Department held a second public briefing to discuss their work in the negotiations of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Government delegates from over 180 countries have negotiated the final text of the proposed Convention on Cultural Diversity (CCD). It will be submitted to the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005.
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NGO REGISTRATION FOR HONG KONG WTO

Details of how NGOs can register to attend the 6th WTO Ministerial
Conference in Hong Kong, 13 to 18 December 2005, are now available at
https://meetings.wto.org/NGO/PreRegistration/ngohome.aspx?Language=3DE
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Report by Garry Neil (INCD) on final round of UNESCO negotiations, 25 May - 5 June 2005

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We are only half way through the third and final meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts which is considering the terms of a Convention on cultural diversity. However, the rhythm of the meeting is well established and it is now possible to contemplate the broad parameters of the final outcome, with only a couple of elements remaining under consideration. The meeting may conclude ahead of schedule [...]
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UNESCO convention on cultural diversity: key documents

UNESCO logo Government delegates from over 180 countries approved the final text of the Convention on Cultural Diversity (CCD) at the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005. The CCD (formally known as the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions) is meant to be an international legal agreement to implement the principle that culture cannot be reduced to a commodity. Concretely, it is meant to allow each country to exclude its cultural policies, including 'audiovisual services' - otherwise known as media - from 'free trade' deals like the WTO.

During the negotiations, progressive NGO networks like the International Network on Cultural Diversity and the campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society called for broad civil society support for the CCD, but warned that it should not be subordinated to the WTO and should be written to support cultural and media diversity inside countries, not only between them. In addition, they had a good deal of success in lobbying for the elimination of language supporting the current extremist copyright regime, although they failed to insert references to the importance of the public domain, fair use, and the creative commons.

Now that the CCD has been approved by UNESCO, the next step is ratification by each member country.

Key Documents:
  • Final Text of the convention. [en | fr]
  • Comments by the CRIS campaign [ en | es | fr]
  • Comments by the INCD [word]
  • UNESCO overview of the Convention process
  • Daily reports from the II session of the intergovernmental meeting [Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 8 | 9 | 10| 11| 12 ]
  • US government: April 15 Briefing by the US State Department on their view of the UNESCO convention [download .rtf]
  • Reports from the III (final) session of the intergovernmental meeting: UNESCO report | INCD
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    CAFTA TO EXTEND COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK PROVISIONS TO AMERICAS

    From BNA's Internet Law News (ILN) - 4/28/05, Compiled by Professor Michael Geist, BNA Consulting Editor: CAFTA TO EXTEND COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK PROVISIONS TO AMERICAS.
    BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports on a recent House Committee hearing on the Central America Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. The agreement includes provisions requiring WIPO Internet treaty ratification, extension of the term of copyright protection, and inclusion of UDRP-like
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    WIPO's Development Meeting Decides for Two Additional Meetings

    The final day of the WIPO's development meeting ended with victory of the group of friends of development positions. The morning session was basically devoted to statements by intergovernmental organizations (such as UNCTAD and the League of Arab States) and civil society groups, most of which (this time) were composed of consumers' and public interest groups (as opposed to earlier conferences where most "civil society" representatives were industry groups and associations). The sequence of civil society groups statements defending a reform of the WIPO and supporting the friends of development position caused impression on some of the delegates that felt that there was monitoring of the meeting and support from civil society and not - as usual - only lobbying by representatives of industry. After the statements from IGOs and NGOs, the chair started discussion about his draft for a summary and resolution statement.
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    US State Department public briefing on the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity

    Friday, April 15. The briefers were Jane Cowley, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State with Dana Gioia, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, who were leaders of the negotiating delegation. The briefing took place at The Old Post Office Building, in the President's Council on Arts and Humanities room (Room 520), 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
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    Partial Meeting Notes from Day Two of the WIPO's Development Meeting

    These are snipped and rough notes. I found Argentina and Brazil comments on the proposals on the table (see http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/da.html) really interesting. Diplomatic but clear.

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    Meeting Notes from Day One of the WIPO's Development Meeting

    We're in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO's) first big meeting on intellectual property and the "Development Agenda." That's right: the world's premiere IP-expansionists are considering the radical proposal that more rightsholder protections aren't always in the best interests of developing nations. Several copyfighters have been taking collaborative notes all day inside the cavernous main hall, and you check out the transcript after the jump.

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    WIPO's Development Meeting - Day Two (April 12)

    WIPO's development meeting started with a clear clash of positions opposing developed countries and non-developed countries aligned with the "friends of development" group. The proposal put forward by Brazil and Argentina and backed by 12 other countries (Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Venezuela) aims at a deep reform in WIPO's structure so as to take into account public interests and the needs of the non developed countries. The group of friends of development proposal includes allowing for greater flexibility of patent laws, reviewing the role and influence of right holders, allowing greater participation of public interest groups in the organization and increasing the measures for the transfer of technology and access to knowledge to non developed countries. This is the first time that the needs of non developed countries and public interests are seriously addressed in the WIPO.
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    WIPO's Meeting on a Development Agenda (April 11 2005)

    After the proposal at the last general assembly for the installment of a development agenda for the WIPO made by Brazil and Argentina and backed by a group of 14 countries known as the friends of development, an inter-sessional intergovernmental meeting on a development agenda was set and has just started in Geneva today (April 11th).
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    Free Press blog from WIPO meeting

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    Free Press (www.freepress.net) and the Consumer Project on Technology (www.cptech.org) teamed up to bring you a blow-by-blow from inside last week's important World Intellectual Propety Organization (WIPO) meeting in Geneva. At this meeting, public interest organizations supported developing country demands for a Development Agenda that would reform WIPO and put development needs ahead of an ever-broader 'intellectual property' regime. If the Development Agenda succeeds, WIPO could shift from being a tool of Big Media, Pharma, Agribusiness, and Micro$oft, used to promote stronger, longer copyright, patents, and trademarks without regard to the impacts on health, creativity, the media system and development, to an institution that promotes access to knowledge with the aim of meeting the UN Millenium Development Goals. Brazilian activist Pablo Ortellado blogged regular updates on the battle inside WIPO to www.mediatrademonitor.org.

    Background: Overview of WIPO | Overview of Development Agenda proposal | Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO | WIPO homepage

    MTM Reports: April 11 | April 12 | April 13 (final day)

    CPTech Reports and Key Documents: CPTech list of proposals, statements, news stories

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    Monopoly or Monopsony: A new view on corporate media practices

    The article challenges the "monopoly" view of culture industries and offers an alternative view of these industries as monopsonies. Draft of a chapter for an edited volume by Cushla Kapitzke and Chip Bruce for Peter Lang.
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    Aussie BitTorrent case to test Aust-US FTA

    A federal magistrate today rejected a request from solicitors representing Internet service provider Swiftel Communications and associated parties to move a court case over alleged copyright infringement to the Federal Court.
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    CRIS+ Statement regarding Intellectual Property Provisions in the draft Convention

    To UNESCO Delegates: The undersigned support the spirit of the UNESCO draft convention on cultural diversity and are encouraged by the efforts of the delegates in their inter-governmental meeting in Paris, January- February 2005. However, we are deeply concerned that the current draft mentions the need to protect or even strengthen intellectual property more than 16 times, while failing entirely to mention the need to protect access to knowledge, the public domain, and the cultural commons. If this imbalance is not corrected, the proposed Convention would represent a serious departure from both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
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