Strengthening the Knowledge Base for Public Interest Intellectual Property Policy

Rigid intellectual property norms and intensified enforcement have prompted media and medicine suppliers alike to price their products beyond the reach of all but the most affluent segment of the population. This is particularly the case in large middle income countries such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa. Recognition of the problem has led to a shift in international policy - evident in the Doha Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) - in favour of increased flexibility of patent policy with respect to pharmaceuticals in developing countries. But there has not been a similar shift in the international copyright discourse and policy agenda relating to media products.

This project will begin filling the void with a set of activities promoting a positive agenda for global copyright policy for developing countries, including an online resource centre for scholars and advocates, a series of working papers translating new research into policy proposals, and two international meetings of researchers and advocates of public interest intellectual property rights. A major goal of the project is to promote recommendations for international and national copyright reform.

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Project status


Start Date

Thursday, May 12, 2011

End Date

Saturday, May 12, 2012


12 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 200,700


Brazil, South America, India, Morocco, Mexico, North and Central America, South Africa, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Russia


Networked Economies

Project Leader

Sean Flynn


American University

Institution Country

United States

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