WIPO Adopts Treaty for Visually Impaired in Marrakesh

Volume
17,
Number
24
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4 July 2013
4 July 2013
Member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted a ground-breaking treaty last week aimed at facilitating access to copyright protected works by visually impaired persons. The "Marrakesh treaty," named after the city where it was agreed, is the first international...
4 July 2013
The European Parliament has signed off on a proposal that would allow for delaying the auctions of millions of carbon permits, in an effort aimed at propping up prices in the EU's struggling carbon market. The measure passed in a narrow vote of 344 to 311 on Wednesday afternoon, reversing the...
4 July 2013
Trade and energy topped the agenda during US President Barack Obama's visit to Africa this week, with the announcement of various initiatives aimed at doubling electricity access in the sub-Saharan region, facilitating intra- and inter-regional trade, and combating illegal wildlife trafficking. The...
4 July 2013
The US has suspended Bangladesh from its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme, according to an announcement released last week by Washington's top trade official. The news comes following growing concerns over labour conditions in the Asian country, particularly after a garment factory...
4 July 2013
The first round of EU-US trade talks will begin in Washington next week as scheduled, the European Commission confirmed on Tuesday, despite growing unease among EU member states over claims that US intelligence agencies have engaged in spying on their trans-Atlantic partners. The usually amicable...
4 July 2013
TISA Preparations Continue; Offers Not Likely Until Autumn Preparations among a subset of WTO members to develop an agreement to liberalise services trade continued in Geneva last week, with sources familiar with the talks characterising them as "productive." However, market access offers are...
4 July 2013
Coming soon 8-10 July, Geneva, Switzerland. FOURTH GLOBAL REVIEW OF AID FOR TRADE. This year's event, held at the WTO, will focus on the theme "Connecting to Value Chains." The biennial meeting will bring together ministers from developed and developing countries, heads of international agencies...
4 July 2013
COPYRIGHT IN THE EU DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET. By Giuseppe Mazziotti for the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) (June 2013). This report addresses challenges on how to modernise EU's copyright framework, given the goal of achieving an EU Digital Single Market. It contains the conclusions and...