PIJIP Releases Series of Working Papers on International Intellectual Property Enforcement

September 21, 2010

Contact: Sean Flynn

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at AU Washington College of Law is publishing a series of working papers on the public interest impact of current efforts to negotiate and Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Our call for papers was issued at the close of our June conference on the expansion of international enforcement of intellectual property, which brought together leading academics and civil society groups from numerous countries on six continents. PIJIP has released the first papers in the series in advance of the next ACTA negotiating round, scheduled for the last week of September.  We will continue to release additional papers throughout September and October.  

The papers are available at: http://digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu/research/. The project also launched a new blog series in which public interest advocates and academics are defining specific amendment needed in ACTA to promote public interest concerns. http://www.wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/acta-amendments

“These papers and the blog series are elements of our project to promote public analysis and deliberation over a wide reaching international intellectual property agreement that continues to be negotiated with no real opportunity for public input,” said Sean Flynn, Associate Director of PIJIP. “Unfortunately, the U.S. continues to be the lone vote among the ACTA parties preventing public release of the negotiating text and the administration has not held a single on-the-record public meeting on ACTA since text was released in April. Clearly if public spaces are to be created to debate this agreement, it will have to be done by universities and other elements of civil society themselves.”

The first PIJIP Research papers to be released are:  

  • Baker, Brook. ACTA: Risks of Intermediary Liability for Access to Medicines
  • Bannerman, Sara. WIPO and the ACTA Threat 
  • Bridy, Annemarie.  ACTA and the Specter of Graduated Response 
  • Dent, Alexander.  Flouting the Elmo Necessity and Denying the Local Roots of Interpretation: "Anthropology's" Quarrel with ACTA and Authoritarian IP Regimes
  • Maybarduk, Peter. ACTA and Public Health
  • Malcolm, Jeremy. Public Interest Representation in Global IP Policy Institutions
  • Michael, Gabriel. ACTA, Fool: Explaining the Irrational Support for a New Institution
  • Morris, Michael. Navigating the ACTA Shoals to a Future Safe Harbor: Library and Hotspot Internet Access Liability in a Post-ACTA Universe
  • Rens, Andrew.  Collateral Damage: The Impact of ACTA and the Enforcement Agenda on the World's Poorest People
  • Seuba, Xavier,  Joan Rovira, and Sophie Bloeman.  Welfare Implications of Intellectual Property Enforcement Measures

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at the Washington College of Law promotes public interest approaches to domestic and international intellectual property law through advocacy, events and the provision of legal and consulting services.  PIJIP’s activities focus on a balanced approach to intellectual property and other legal regimes that reward creators while ensuring broad public access to information and its products.

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