The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has named Ms Sylvie Forbin as the new Deputy Director General for the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector (previously known as the Culture and Creative Industries Sector).

Find here the official WIPO document.

The European Commission has announced that it had adopted on 12 July the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework to “protect the fundamental rights of anyone in the European Union whose personal data is transferred to the United States” and to bring “legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers”. This new framework will replace the Safe Harbour agreement that had been invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union in October 2015.

The European Commission has notified the EU Member States of its decision to adopt the Privacy Shield, while the framework will be published in the US Federal Register and the US Department of Commerce will start operating it.

Find the European Commission’s Adequacy Decision here and the official press release here.

Canada deposited its Marrakesh Treaty accession instrument today. The Marrakesh Treaty now has twenty members, which is the number needed for the Treaty to come into force. That will happen after a three-month period, on September 30, 2016.

The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (MVT) is the latest addition to the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

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