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Tomorrow, April 26th, is World Intellectual Property Day: “Creativity: The Next Generation”

April 25th, 2013 |  Published in Intellectual Property


World Intellectual Property Day


25 April 2013 – On April 26 every year we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, a day designated by the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970. Its goal is simple: to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. Since then, Word IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to discuss and demonstrate how IP works to contribute to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

This year the focus is on creativity and the next generation … what is the future, who will be the next game changers … and you can earn more on the WIPO web site (click here).

And you can go to the WIPO Facebook page to see what events are planned in almost all the countries of the world (click here).

The London-based human rights (in particular freedom of expression and information) organisation ARTICLE 19 (the name taken directly from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … launched “The Right To Share: Principles on Freedom of Expression and Copyright in the Digital Age (Right to Share Principles)”. The document aims to guide policy makers, legislators, judiciary and civil society on how to balance the right to freedom of expression and copyright.

As explained in their press release:

The Right to Share Principles – developed in cooperation with high-level experts from around the world [activists, legal practitioners, academics and other experts in international human rights law on the freedom of expression and in copyright law] – seek to establish a framework, which can be used to ensure that the right to freedom of expression and the ability to share knowledge and culture are protected from increasing and excessive copyright interests in the digital age. The Principles also seek to promote positive measures that foster the free flow of information and ideas and allow greater access to information, knowledge and culture on the Internet and beyond.

The tension between the right to freedom of expression and copyright is not new. However, over the last ten years, we have seen an alarming expansion of copyright claims at the expense of human rights protection. The Right to Share Principles show that freedom of speech and the free flow of information and ideas should not and cannot be marginalised by claims to property.

Comments Agnes Callamard, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19:

“As part of a series of recommendations, lawmakers should consider scrapping criminal sanctions for non-commercial copyright infringement. It is entirely disproportionate that millions of internet users worldwide face the threat of criminal punishment for personal use of copyrighted material where they seek no commercial gain. Copyright law must keep pace with technological and social change and not stifle creativity in the name of protecting it”.

According to ARTICLE 19, to (re-)balance copyright and freedom of expression and information, the way forward includes the following:

· The decriminalization of non-commercial copyright infringement;

· An appropriate regime for copyright enforcement in the digital environment;

· Comprehensive measures for promoting access to knowledge and culture;

· Human rights assessment of all trade treaties dealing with copyright protection.


For the full text of the ARTICLE 19 text please click here.  And enjoy the day.

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