UN initiative will transform the lives of millions of readers

It’s a sad fact that over 93% of books in the world are not published in accessible formats for blind, visually impaired or print disabled readers. In June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to help solve this book famine which has become a human rights issue. Australia has signed […]

New Global Innovation Index Release

19 July 2014: The Global Innovation Index (GIL) for 2014 was launched in Sydney on 18 July 2014. The launch coincided with the B20 Business Leaders forum being hosted in Sydney, connected to the annual G20 government leaders summit being held in Brisbane in November. The Global Innovation Index is co-published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Cornell University, and INSEAD. The top […]

Australia Signs Treaty for Visually Impaired

On 23 June, Australia signed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty for the visually impaired. Australia’s signing of the treaty was announced in a joint media release from the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Julie Bishop), Attorney General (George Brandis), Minister for Trade and Investment (Andrew Robb) and Assistant Minister for Social Services (Mitch Fifield). […]


Creators urge EU Balanced Position on International Copyright

In an open letter, 18 creator organisations have asked the European Union to support clarification of the mandate for the committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewing international standards for copyright protection. The letter follows the inconclusive ending of the recent meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCRR). […]

US Congress to Review Copyright Law

On 24 April, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee announced a comprehensive review of US copyright law. In his announcement of the review the Chairman referred to the recent testimony to the Committee of the Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante (see blogpost here). The Committee will: …hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. […]

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Image Credit: Artwork 1: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (awelye), 1995. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Artwork 2: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1992. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Artwork 3: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (yam), 1995. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Images courtesy of Thames & Hudson Australia.

Image Credit: Erub artist Jimmy K Thaiday recording artefacts at Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Photo by Lynnette Griffiths. Courtesy of Erub Arts.

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