1. Today is Wright Brothers Day. Here’s why you shouldn’t celebrate the legacy of these inventors-cum-patent trolls.
2. Negotiations over the implementation of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market show the ability of rent-seekers to inject themselves into the debate to get carveouts that protect themselves.
News and Commentary
1. Opposition to the EU Copyright Directive gains steam. Over 4 million people have signed a petition against Article 13, and a number of countries such as Poland and Italy have also voiced strong opposition.
2. Senators Bernie Sanders and Representative Ro Khanna introduces legislation to approve generic versions of high-priced patented pharmaceuticals. If a given drug price is higher than the median price in Canada, the U.K., France, Germany and Japan, a generic version of the drug would be approved without regard to any patents already in place.
3. Book review: Copyright Law and Derivative Works. After examining literature related to psychological motivations for creativity, author Omar Rachum-Twaig argues “there should be no overlap between creative (read – useful, productive) derivative works and infringement of the reproduction right” writes Mathilde Pavis of IPKat.