The 38th session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (WIPO-SCCR) recently took place from 1 to 5 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. As gleaned from its agenda, the session was convened to continue the negotiations among WIPO member states towards formulating an international normative instrument for copyright limitations and exceptions (L&Es), that goes beyond the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh VIP Treaty). Thus, the session placed particular attention on L&Es for persons with disabilities (other than blind, visually impaired and print disabilities), libraries, archives and museums; for educational and research institutions.
On 20 May 2019, the second International Conference on Intellectual Property (IP) and Development was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. A diverse crowd from industry, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and students attended the event and some participated via the webcast. The panels, comprising of experts, discussed various topics in relation to IP and development. Discussion in the panels are summarised below.
The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, recently confirmed that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will officially enter into force during the next Extra-Ordinary Heads of State and Government summit, scheduled for 7th July 2019.
This week, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held its 38th Session in Geneva. The meeting documents released ahead of the Session included reports and analysis on Access to Copyright Protected Works by Persons with Disabilities; Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries; Copyright Practices and Challenges of Museums, Archives and Copyright; Practices and Challenges in Relation to Online Distance Education and Research Activities, etc.