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November 18, 2004
Whoomp, There It Is
Update (Nov. 18, 3:45 p.m.): Correction -- Cory is blogging at Deep Links after all.
Contrary to what I wrote below, it looks like all of the running notes from the WIPO meeting on the controversial Broadcast Treaty will be posted in one place: the Union for the Public Domain.
A few intriguing snippets:
A delegate from Brazil, on day one of the meeting:
IP protection should not be an end in itself, nor should upward harmonization proceed irrespective of countries' levels of development. Action is needed in all countries to ensure costs don't outweigh the benefits of IP protection. New norms in the field of copyright and related rights can have a serious impact on the development and social policies of countries in several crucial areas. The provisions of any treaty in this field must be balanced and taken on board the interests of consumers and the public at large.
Access to information and knowledge sharing are essential elements to foster innovation and creativity in the informatin economy. Adding new layers of IP protection to the digital environmment could seriously obstruct the free flow of info and scuttle efforts to create new arrangemets to promote innnovation and creativity.
A delegate from Chile, on day two:
We recognize the usefulness of TPMs [ed. - WIPO-speak for digital rights management, or DRM] for protecting authors' rights and related rights. We're also aware that the application of past treaties with similar provisions have given rise to problems regarding the use of works in the public domain and the legitimate use of protected works. We need to find a way to be sure that these measures don't unduly effect the public domain.
On a more distrubing note, Robin Gross of IP Justice reports that documents prepared by EFF
[PDF] and other public-interest organizations have been trashed -- not figuratively, but literally. Copies were found in the waste basket.
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