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The latest edition of WIPO’s newsletter looks at the application of blockchain technology to IP rights. Could blockchain be used beyond crypto currencies?

NAFTA agreement

In July of this year, the Trump Administration unveiled its goals in renegotiating the NAFTA agreement. In a detailed document, the USA government presented its objectives and the representatives of Canada, Mexico and USA started working on redefining their economic relationship. One of the most important elements of these negotiations, for publishers, will be the treatment of intellectual property.

WIPO main building, November 2017, picture Joanna Bazán Babczonek

The November meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was as intense as always. But the week-long meeting (3-7 November) carried extra significance for the IPA because of the large delegation we had organized to be here in Geneva.

“The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data” (The Economist, 6 May 2017).

IPA President, Michiel Kolman, addressed the European Parliament in Brussels last month and talked about the rise of technology and about how publishers maintain the quality of their content. We share his speech.

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