CIPP Quarterly Newsletter • June 2005

In this issue:

+ “File-sharing & Music in Canada: Threats, Lies and Digital Tape” by David Lametti
+ Release of a new WHO report on Genetics, genomics and the patenting of DNA (May 2005)
+ Release of the background paper to WHO report prepared by CIPP researchers
+ Release of IPMG’s workshop report: “Health Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: A New Approach”
+ Legal module of SFIT’s executive master in e-governance – Montreal, June 20-24, 2005
+ “Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: Restructuring for the Public Benefit” – Montreal, September 26 & 27 2005

News

“File-sharing & Music in Canada: Threats, Lies and Digital Tape” by David Lametti

The recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in BMG v. John Doe ([2005] F.C.J. No. 858) contains good news and bad news. While proposed changes to the Copyright Act will likely make part of the substance of this case moot in the near future, the underlying debates over file-sharing of music are of interest because they reflect important tensions present in current law of copyright law. What is perhaps most disturbing in the current discourse is that the balance that was being struck under Canadian statutes and administrative and judicial decisions has all but been ignored in the public discourse, driven mainly by threats and exaggerations.
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Publications

Background paper to WHO report prepared by CIPP researchers

The background paper to WHO’s report on Genetics, genomics and the patenting of DNA was prepared by researchers at the CIPP: Louise Bernier, Karen L. Durell and Dr. E. Richard Gold and is now available for download.
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IPMG’s workshop report: “Health Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: A New Approach”

Following the international workshop held by the Intellectual Property Modelling Group at the European University Institute of Florence in October 2004, the CIPP is pleased to release this new report. This document summarizes the workshop’s debates and findings and identifies the issues at the cross-section of Health-Biotech and Intellectual Property, the different relationships it creates, and highlights the creation of influence diagrams.
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WHO report: “Genetics, genomics and the patenting of DNA” (May 2005)

The WHO just released a crucial report entitled “Genetics, genomics and the patenting of DNA: Review of potential implications for health in developing countries”. This report gives an analysis of the impact of DNA patents on access to genetic tests and genomic science.
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Coming Events

Executive Master in e-Governance – Montreal, June 20-24, 2005

The CIPP is proud to participate in the Executive Master in e-Governance program organized by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. The CIPP is the last module of the North American section where participants will learn about the legal aspects of e-Governance.

Biotechnology and Intellectual Property: Restructuring for the Public Benefit – Montreal, September 26-27, 2005

IPMG’s third international workshop will be held in Montreal in September 2005. The meeting will explore how ideas are translated into policy and will focus on the creative uses of IP systems to harness public benefit from biotechnological innovation. Meeting participants will include senior individuals responsible for policy development from Canada, the United States and Latin America.

This content has been updated on August 20, 2015 at 16:55.

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