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May 4, 2004
Volunteers to Conduct Broadcast Flag Treaty Survey Sought
Copyfight has noted the proposed Broadcast Flag Treaty before (Broadcast Flag, Supersized), which would not only internationalize the broadcast flag, but create a whole passel of new "rights" for broadcasters that come at the expensive of citizens and the public domain. See my short analysis here: The Broadcast Flag Treaty - Draft Available.
Now, the Union for the Public Domain has stepped up to challenge the treaty internationally. Right now, they are calling for volunteers to perform an international survey of government support for the proposed draft treaty (WIPO Broadcasting Treaty National Survey):
The free exchange of knowledge and information enabled by the public domain is being threatened by proposals in many international forums, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). One of the major difficulties of protecting the public domain against these threats is that the positions of national representatives in these international forums are unknown, even to citizens of the country they represent. We want to change that.
This questionnaire is being used by volunteers to collect information about national positions on the proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty. The results you collect will be posted on the Web so that citizens in your country and around the world can act appropriately to protect the public domain.
The questionnaire makes it quite easy for volunteers to send mail or email queries to their governments, or even conduct an interview over the phone. Go to it!
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