UPD provides travel support for TPPA negotiations

The Union for the Public Domain has received a $25,000 grant from the Open Society Foundation to support civil society travel to negotiating meetings of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). For details, contact the administrator of the travel fund, Krista Cox.

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UPD's new web site

We are in the process of creating a new web site for UPD.

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Letter to US Congress on WIPO Broadcast Treaty

13 October 2005

Dear Senators Bill Frist, Harry Reid, Arlen Specter, Patrick J. Leahy, and Representatives Dennis Hastert, Nancy Pelosi, James Sensenbrenner, Jr., and John Conyers, Jr.

RE: Request for Public consultations regarding Webcasting treaty proposal at WIPO

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Update from Geneva WIPO IIM-3: Day 1

Update from Geneva WIPO IIM-3: Day 1

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UPD Statement at WIPO IIM-3

The following statement was delivered by Shyamkrishna Balganesh on behalf of the UPD, at the WIPO IIM-3

Thank you, Mr. Chairman for the opportunity to take the floor at this meeting.

The Union for the Public Domain (UPD) is an international civil society organization that works for the promotion and enhancement of the public domain. We continue to believe that the matters being discussed at this meeting will be of lasting significance for the future of technology and economic development in the developing world.

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UPD Supports "Eyes on the Prize" Screenings

The Union for the Public Domain board has passed a resolution in support of Downhill Battle's campaign to organize screenings of the U.S. civil rights documentary, "Eyes on the Prize":


Whereas, the award-winning US documentary film series "Eyes on the Prize" on the US civil rights movement -- called "the principal film account of the most important American social movement of the 20th century" by one expert -- has not been available for public viewing for the past 10 years;

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UPD Intervention at SCCR 12

UPD Intervention at SCCR 12

Delivered by Shyamkrishna Balganesh on November 19, 2004.

[A slightly abbreviated version of this intervention was delivered
in the interest of time.]

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Three Days of Defending the Public Domain at WIPO

It was an amazing three days at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, with a strong push at the very end for transparent procedure at WIPO. The main outcomes were:

Chile successfully added an agenda item to the next meeting of the committee, to address the rights of users to access and use knowledge.

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Broadcasters Locking Up the Public Domain, Day 1, 2 and 3

Notes from SCCR 12 discussions on the broadcast treaty

12th Session of the SCCR, Geneva

Election of Chair and Vice Chair

Chair: Jukka Leides

17 November, 2004

Notes by:

Thiru Balasubramaniam, thiru@cptech.org, Consumer Project on Technology

David Tannenbaum, davidt@public-domain.org, Union for the Public Domain

Cory Doctorow, cory@eff.org, Electronic Frontier Foundation [CD]

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2004: UPD position on proposed WIPO "Treaty to Protect Broadcasters"

1) The proposed WIPO "Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations" threatens to encroach on the public domain for the following reasons...

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