[d@DCC] WIPO links
russell at flora.ca
Sat Dec 4 12:41:52 EST 2004
On Fri, 3 Dec 2004, John Lange wrote:
> Can someone please send me links to the WIPO agreement that Canada
> signed in 1997.
> And, links to recent information on how they are now softening, or
> rethinking their stance on "more is always better" for copyright?
WIPO is part of the UN, and thus has many member states involved. There
isn't a single "they", but we do have to educate our own representatives
to these groups.
While the USTR/USPTO extremists aren't rethinking their stance, other
member states are expressing many forward-looking ideas such as
acknowledging open collaborative development models, and a development
Many links here: http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/
There was also work at the related World Summit on the Information
<personal political rant warning>
There is an obvious "old boys club vs. new citizen based global
village" going on. There is a lot of backward-looking pressure from the
United States and their "coalition of the billing". If you compare the
members of the various US-pushed coalitions you will see similarities,
whether the fight is against so-called "piracy" or so-called "terrorism".
These terms are simply "weapons of mass distraction" against the reality
of the special interest policy being proposed.
Lets hope that Canada will take a similar position on the invasion of
the Internet to force a regime change (citizen controlled media changed to
old-economy monopoly controlled media) as the government did with the
invasion of Iraq.
Now if only we can un-distract the politicians and get them to recognize
current policy directions as being so backwards.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
Code is Law: how software code regulates the activities of citizens,
and acts similar to law. How do we ensure transparency/accountability?
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