Open letter: WIPO should react to COVID-19 accordingly
On Friday, 3 April 2020, numerous individuals and organizations representing researchers, educators and students sent an open letter to the WIPO Director, dr. Francis Gurry. In the letter, they urge WIPO to take action and ensure that copyright systems in the Member States offer support in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak and its consequences. IPI and dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič are among the signatories as well.
Over the past few weeks, the pandemic has not only shaken the foundations of countries’ health systems around the world, but also clearly emphasised the importance of copyright exemptions and restrictions for scientific and educational development. As scientists have discovered the spread of the virus with the help of copyright exception for Text and Data Mining of scientific articles, so can patent exceptions (e.g. experimental use) contribute to faster discovery of potential treatments. At a time when education has moved online completely, we can witness both good and bad practices that either allow or prevent access to educational materials, academic articles, and other copyrighted works.
In order to address the intellectual property issues that have emerged with the new coronavirus outreak, research and education organizations and individuals have called upon WIPO, as a global intellectual property organization, to encourage its Member States to make use of all the flexibilities in the system to make protected works widely available for the purposes of education, scientific research etc. and to call for the removal of licenses that prevent cross-border teaching and research.
The letter in full (PDF) is available here.
So far, the letter has been endorsed by more than 450 signatories, representing more than 32.5 million educators, 2.5 million libraries and 200 copyright scholars in 199 countries, as well as over 45.000 museum professionals in 142 countries. You can access the full list of signatories here and endorse the letter here.
On January 5, 2022, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MGRT), together with the Intellectual Property Office (URSIL), organized an online consultation. Representatives of URSIL and MGRT first presented to the interested professional public the planned substantive changes to the main solutions of the amended Proposal on Amendments to the Copyright and Related Rights Act (ZASP-I) and the amended Proposal on Amendments to the Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights Act (ZKUASP-A). Many participants argued that the competent drafter did not provide the interested parties with the amended draft proposals before the discussion, but instead provided all the registered participants only with a meager slide presentation, which was misleading in some places.
OERcamp.global 2021: Presenting the study Remote education during the pandemic – Teacher’s perspective
On December 10th, 2021, at 8.00, at the OERcamp.global 2021, which is a 48-hour conference with practitioners, activists, scientists, nOERds and novices from around the globe, the pre-recorded session of Remote education during the pandemic, Teacher’s perspective will be played. After the played recording, dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., Anahita Rezaei (Centrum Cyfrowe) and Teresa Nobre (Communia) will be available to answer the questions. Welcome!
On December 9th, 2021, Career Centers at University of Ljubljana are organizing an online event “Copyright law and Copyrights”, where dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M will lecture. The lecture will relate to the topic of copyright law and copyrights, and will first guide listeners through the history of copyright, through the philosophical justification of copyright to the current regulation of copyright in Slovenia. Welcome to join us!
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.