Posts Tagged "legislation"

ACTA – a sting in the tail for IP rights enforcement

Posted on Oct 7, 2011

ACTA – a sting in the tail for IP rights enforcement

Surreptitious negotiations, covert drafts, leaked documents and swift announcements at the eleventh-hour – such is the stranger-than-fiction story of the ‘Piracy Treaty’ signed by several world powers in the past week. Amid controversy about the autocratic role of the USA in the drafting process, and the not-so-voluntary gist of the treaty, most of the Allied Powers have signed the treaty, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The other signatories are Japan, South Korea, Morocco and Singapore, while the EU, Mexico and Switzerland have indicated their willingness to accede to the...

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TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE – Legislation in the NEW tradition

Posted on Sep 18, 2011

TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE – Legislation in the NEW tradition

“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”, which can be freely translated from Latin to mean “there is always something new coming out of Africa”, said Pliny, the ancient Roman writer and scholar. Presumably then, as is the case now, the concept of “new” included an expression of sarcasm and deprecation as in “absurd, nonsensical and ridiculous”. Well, Pliny has been proved right once again. The Government is on the threshold of passing legislation to grant protection of, and the facility to derive revenue from the use of, so-called “traditional knowledge” (TK) – i.e. folklore,...

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