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June 8, 2004
WIPO - Notes from Day Two
The trio that yesterday brought us notes from behind the closed doors of the ongoing WIPO meetings are up at bat again today, this time over @ EFF's Deep Links.
Below, a representative snippet of Cory Doctorow's backchannel commentary, in this instance responding to the idea that we need to give additional rights to broadcasters of sporting events:
[ed - yesterday, the issue of sporting events was raised privately by the Canadian delegation in conversation; the Canadians claimed that in some nations, retransmission of sporting events is not covered by copyright and so when people across the border retransmit without permission no remedies are available. He didn't seem to be interested in the argument that those "works" excluded from copyright are deliberately thus: we have decided as a society to exclude them from copyright for policy reasons, and putting them *back* into copyright through a broadcast right seems like a bad way to deliberate the appropriate scope of copyright -cd]
[ed - This morning I thought about this more and realized that even if you buy his argument, it's still pretty weird: why should the guy who *aims a camera* get the copyright monopoly? Why not teams? Venues? Players? -cd]
More meaty material, including transcribed floor testimony on the proposed Broadcasting Treaty
by Cory for EFF
, Robin Gross for IP Justice
, and Jamie Love for the Civil Society Coalition, here
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