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One view on the abuse of pharmaceutical patents is that perhaps patents were the wrong mechanism for funding pharmaceutical production all along. For Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), one of the leading consumer NGOs actively campaigning on access to medicines, the biggest concern in 2010 is creating an alternative incentive for research and development in drug development. This is currently being discussed at the World Health Organisation. Access to medicine Access to medicine is an essential part of the human right to health.

The space available to developing countries to adopt policy options suited to their development needs have consequently been reduced. Each of the international treaties and FTAs served to further reduce the options that can be used to enhance access to knowledge and facilitate education. In particular, the TRIPS Agreement committed all the member countries of the World Trade Organization to adhere to the Berne Convention and the Appendix (except for the moral rights provisions of the Berne Convention) and this regardless of whether they were a party to the Berne Convention.

Html〉, op. cit.. 47 2. FAIRER LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES Around the world, the antiquated assumptions of copyright law and ideology are again being questioned and new conflicts are breaking out. In Brazil, for example, more than 500 musicians, writers, academics and others signed an open letter in late May calling on their government to reform its copyright laws so that users can have more access to music and books. Meanwhile, the well-financed campaign against so-called copyright “piracy” has become even more vocal and threatens us all, except large corporations.

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