Copyrighted breasts, the Avengers and it was never a dress

Tarryn Booysen on 29 Apr 2015
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Copyright and the digital divide

Sonia Randhawa on 5 Jul 2012
It's day two of the 'Informal' Asia Europe Foundation meeting on human rights and ICTs, and we're split up into workshops to discuss recommendations that will go to the Foundation's ministerial meeting in November: I'm in the workshop on digital divide. While a lot of interesting ideas came up during the course of the day, the one which causes me most concern is the problem of knowledge that is being locked away, often without reason.

Copyright? Copyleft? Why does it matter? An interview with Heather Ford

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza on 2 Jun 2010
GenderIt writer Mavic Cabrera-Balleza interviewed Heather Ford, Founder of the African Commons Project, a South African NGO with the goal of mobilizing communities through active participation in collaborative technology. Ford has worked in the fields of internet policy, law and management in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She sheds light on some of these issues.

Challenges of communal copyright: Traditional and indigenous knowledge

Sonia Randhawa on 2 Jun 2010
Copyright and patents legislation has spread rapidly over the past century. This has a particular impact on indigenous women and the holders of traditional knowledge, as copyright ignores the possibility that knowledge can be held communally and has definitions of knowledge that exclude information held in a spiritual context. In this article, GenderIT writer Sonia Randhawa examines how women's lives in traditional and indigenous societies have been affected by the spread of copyright.

Do copyrights and patents limit access to HIV/AIDS knowledge and treatment in Africa?

Sylvie Nyombo on 2 Jun 2010
The UNAIDS 2008 report confirms that Sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the region most seriously affected by AIDS in the world. As part of the response to this pandemic, access to information and knowledge on HIV/AIDS is vital, as disease prevention depends heavily on information. In a world where there is a price to pay for access to knowledge, to what extent do patents and copyrights limit access to information and HIV/AIDS treatment for African populations, particularly the women and youths who are the most affected? This article explores the connection between access to information, intellectual property rights and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

A Women's 'Commons'? An Exploratory Dialogue on the Potential of the Knowledge Commons for Women

Jac sm Kee on 2 Jun 2010
The idea of the 'commons' has been contestedly understood as being both a principle of understanding content and creative products, and a community that supports the sharing of information and creative content. It is also directly linked with subverting current Intellectual Property Rights paradigms, where ownership and control of information, knowledge, and content has been commodified. So what exactly is so 'new' about the 'commons'? Looking at the four paradigms where ideas about the 'commons' are supposed to operate, perhaps it is possible to see if developments towards a Knowledge Commons resonates with feminist tactics/agendas/isms.
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