Feature @IPilogue Post: ‘The Future of Rights: Intellectual Property, Economic Inequality, and the ‘Digital Divide”

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Feature @IPilogue Post: ‘The Future of Rights: Intellectual Property, Economic Inequality, and the ‘Digital Divide”

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“A quarter century since he helped to create it, the man widely regarded as the creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has renewed calls for a Digital Bill of Rights to help preserve the open and innovative character of his invention and to protect human rights in the so-called digital age.”

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Feature @IPilogue Post: ‘iCanada: Budget 2014 and the Shape of a Digital Economy Strategy’

“While many Canadians were justifiably preoccupied with the athletic achievements and disappointments taking place at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, they may have overlooked the fact that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released his 10th consecutive budget on February 11th, 2014. Budget 2014, entitled The Road to Balance: Creating Jobs and Opportunities, sets out the Government of Canada’s plans to bring the country’s balance sheet back to a surplus prior to 2015—and the next federal election. As a ‘road to balance’, it does not offer much in the way of new programs or strategies. However, as scholars, lawyers, and analysts have argued, The Road to Balance may also be paving a path towards a long-awaited Digital Economy Strategy.”

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New @IPilogue Post: ‘Can Capitalism and Cooperation Co-Exist? Tech-Sector Cross-Licensing and the Emergence of “Cooperative Capitalism”‘

“In this year’s State of the Union address, US President Barack Obama reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to addressing economic inequality by fostering the jobs of the future: ‘We know that the nation that goes all-in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow. This is an edge America cannot surrender.’ In order to do so, the President urged Congress to ‘pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly, needless litigation.’”

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New @IPilogue post: ‘Going the Way of the Doha? The TPP and Contested Intellectual Property and International Trade Linkages’

“It has been nearly twenty years since the Uruguay Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) trade talks that created the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agreement. In the intervening decades, multilateral trade negotiations have stalled and international agreements relating to intellectual property (IP) law have trended towards bi- and plurilateral levels. And, if the late 2013 Wikileaks of a draft copy of the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is any indication, the TRIPS Agreement might remain the high-water mark for international IP coordination for the foreseeable future.”

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New @IPilogue post: “Canadians #TalkTV: The Question Surrounding Digital Content Licensing”

“For the past month the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been attempting to open its policy and regulation processes to the Canadian public. On October 24, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais launched A Conversation with Canadians with speeches and discussions at the Université Laval and Ryerson University. As Mr. Blais stated during his presentation at Ryerson, this conversation is designed to ensure that Canada’s future television regulatory framework is “dynamic, adaptive, and sustainable.”

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