- EU - Commission proposes criminal law provisions to combat intellectual property offences +/-
(RAPID) The Commission has adopted a proposal for a directive to combat intellectual property offences that amends the proposal approved by it on 12 July 2005. It is thus responding to the Court ruling of 13 September 2005 in Case C-176/03, according to which the criminal law provisions necessary for the effective implementation of Community law are a matter for Community law. Accordingly, the proposal for a Council framework decision to strengthen the criminal law framework to combat intellectual property offences has been withdrawn and its provisions incorporated into the amended proposal for a directive.
- WIPO - US retreat opens way for treaty on broadcasting +/-
(FT) The US has opened the way for a treaty updating broadcaster' rights for the digital age by dropping its insistence that webcasting be covered by the agreement. The treaty, under negotiation by members of the World Intellectual Property Organisation since 1997, will now cover satellite, terrestrial and cable broadcasts.
- WIPO Carves Up the Internet (and the Broadcast Spectrum) +/-
(Huffington Post) by James Love. WIPO is debating whether or not to create a new intellectual property right in information that is distributed over television, radio, cable television, or through any wired or wireless computer network, including the Internet. This is something different from copyright. Indeed, it is designed to benefit people who cannot get a copyright, because a work belongs to someone else (the person or group that created it), or because the information is in the public domain. The new right is not a "copyright," but a "broadcaster" or "webcaster" right. It is a bad idea when applied to television or radio, but a disaster if applied to the Internet.