|A genuine Diophy?|
recent media release from the World Intellectual Property Organization. The news behind the headlines is that Australia has donated 2 million Australian dollars for projects to help developing and least developing countries build capacity in the field of intellectual property (IP) and to ensure they are in a position to participate actively in the benefits of innovation and the knowledge economy. This is part of a 16 million Australian dollar contribution which Australia is making in order to help developing and least developed countries benefit through global trade. The IPKat says, he's sure it wouldn't cost as much as 2 million Aussie bucks to connect Africa's woefully unconnected national intellectual property websites to the internet, so that people can at least access the information they possess without having to go there in person or rely on slower, less reliable technologies. If you want an idea of the scale of the problem, read through Kingsley Egbuonu's weekly 'A to Z' tour of national intellectual property office websites on Afro-IP (he's up to L for Libya right now) and see how few of them are actually connected.
scripted, which hails from the Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, based in the School of Law, University of Edinburgh, is now available for your perusal. You can check out the contents here. This Kat's picks from this bunch are "Music and Dance: Beyond Copyright Text?", by Charlotte Waelde and Philip Schlesinger, and "Forgetting Footprints, Shunning Shadows. A Critical Analysis Of The “Right To Be Forgotten” In Big Data Practice" by Bert-Jaap Koops. There's plenty more good stuff too!
ARUC and a hard place. ARUC is the Association for Resistance to Unfair Competition, the Ukrainian cell of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). The Association is producing quite a reasonable English-language newsletter, which you can check out here. Not being an expert in Ukrainian matters, this Kat has always felt that this vast Eastern European state is not a naturally fertile soil in which the principles of competition can take root an sprout; he wishes the Association the best of luck in its ventures and hopes to hear more about it in due course.