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Court Ruling On IP Struggle Between Movie Producers Shows Level Of Copyright Awareness In Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria -- A federal high court in Lagos granted an interim order on 24 March, stopping the premiere and release of a movie called the “Okafor’s Law” over copyright infringement.
The Creative Power Of Musical Borrowing And Efforts To Control It
Duke Today writes: To borrow from Cole Porter, Tchaikovsky did it. Beethoven did it. Even Robert Johnson and Ray Charles did it. Creative masters all, they each appropriated music from others in their works and were borrowed from in turn.
Internet Of Things Is The Next Big Thing In Patents, And EPO Says It’s Ready For It
The European Patent Office has a “tradition of looking forwards” to anticipate patenting trends, and it sees the Internet of Things (IoT) as the next challenge, Chief Economist Yann Ménière said at 20 April OxFirst webinar on the office's contribution to the coming world of billions of connected objects.
Licence For A New Hepatitis Treatment, With An Eye To Affordability
The Medicines Patent Pool has received a licence to develop ravidasvir, a new treatment for hepatitis C.
Tech, Auto Companies Urge US Action On Standard Essential Patents
A group of 15 US and foreign tech and automobile companies and organisations has sent a letter to the White House asking for support to reduce what they see as rising anti-competitive licensing practices involving standards essential patents (SEPs).
WHO: Hepatitis Death Toll Rising, Vaccination Works But Access To Tests And Medicines Still Issue
Hepatitis-related mortality is on the rise, despite the existence of an efficient vaccine for hepatitis B and a cure for hepatitis C, according to the World Health Organization hepatitis report 2017 published today. One of the issues is that a majority of people are unaware of their condition due to limited access to affordable hepatitis testing. The price of the hepatitis C medicines has decreased in low-income countries, but still remains a barrier in upper-middle income and high-income countries, the WHO said.
QUNO Briefs: Food Security Needs Farmers In Global Discussions, Agricultural Biodiversity
The participation of small-scale farmers at the table of international negotiations and the protection of agricultural biodiversity are key to food security, according to the Quaker United Nations Office, which published last month two policy briefs with a list of recommendations.
Departure Of YouTube From Russia Could Result In Growth Of Pirated Content, Government Warns
The use of pirated content in Russia may significantly increase in the event of a decision by leading foreign video-sharing websites and servers to leave the country due to the planned imposition of restrictions on their ownership by foreigners, which is currently being considered by the Russian government and the local Parliament (State Duma).
African Civil Society, Farmers Demand ARIPO Lift Blackout On Protocol Protecting Plant Varieties
Civil society and farmers allege communication blackout from by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) about a protocol protecting new plant varieties. The 2015 protocol was highly criticised by those organisations as endangering traditional practices of African farmers. Draft regulations could not be adopted in December, but the regional organisation, according to the civil society and farmer groups, is keeping the outcome of the December meeting secret.
Civil Society-Led Monsanto Tribunal Finds Agro-Giant Guilty On All Counts
An international civil society tribunal has found that agro-business multinational Monsanto conducts activities that violate basic human rights. The five international judges of the Monsanto Tribunal presented their condemning verdict yesterday.

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