|Plants and steak ...|
"The Conference on EU Plant Variety Rights in the 21st Century aims to gain a clear view on the position of the various stakeholder groups with regard to the recommendations made in the evaluation report.
The subject is of growing importance [The Department of Unintended Funnies obviously gave this one its blessing] in light of the modern society's dual challenge of feeding a growing world population at a time when the globe experiences climate changes that will inevitably impact agriculture and livelihoods. New and improved plant varieties are pivotal [This Kat has never seen a plant variety pivot at all, though he has read all about Triffids] in ensuring better yields and adaptability to changing climatic and environmental conditions, thereby contributing to long-term food security.
In addition, biological diversity is an essential source of material for breeding crops. Intellectual property rights, such as CPVR, foster the investment environment in the research and development of new and improved plant varieties to the benefit of farmers and society in general.For further information click here. To register for the conference (deadline 30 September) click here
|All Black sheep|
The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has submitted comments on the proposed European Union directive on orphan works, which aims to increase legal certainty for use of creative works whose copyright holders cannot be found. The group, which represents collective management organisations, authors and publishers, called for collective management and licensing for orphan works.
“Orphan works should be administered through collective management and licensing ... IFRRO members already have experience from administering uses of such works. Regulation and establishment of conditions for uses of an orphan work should be as decided by authors and publishers of the categories of works concerned. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity ['subsidiarity' is a magic word, often invoked by anyone who wants to get on with their business -- or someone else's -- without all those worries about meddlesome European laws getting in the way], the Directive should be without prejudice to the right of Member States to implement different solutions at national level”.The IPKat would have been surprised if IFRRO had called for anything else. Organisations involved in the collective management of copyright works don't have many areas into which they can export their expertise, and this happens to be one of them.
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