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April 4, 2005
Gearing Up for "World IP Day"
The Bangkok Post provides a provocative "how-to" piece, Entertaining Ideas of Greed [hyperlinks and emphasis, mine]:
Kamal Idris, the head of WIPO, has a glowing tribute to intellectual property idealism. "Our goal for World Intellectual Property Day and beyond should be to encourage young people everywhere to recognize... the artist within themselves. From the classrooms of today will come the entrepreneurs, the scientists, the designers, the artists of tomorrow. WIPO is committed to promoting a culture in which young people can realize this potential.''
Excellent words. WIPO itself is not quite that open or open-minded. At two WIPO meetings this month, all 182 member nations will discuss intellectual property enforcement and its effect on development, and on developing countries. Mr Idris and his board decided to bar participation by the top experts in the field: public interest groups. They are not permanently accredited by WIPO, and apparently it is a full-time job to observe the UN body if you want to give your opinion about its work. [Ed.: this isn't quite correct, but unfortunately close.]
The always puckish Need To Know Internet journal suggests those who support copyright hold book-burning parties on April 26. No, not that kind; "burn" some of the tens of thousands of wonderful books out of copyright on to CDs so others can read them for free. Get some of the most popular at Project Gutenberg.
Get on the Internet and visit two new websites. At Peer Impact, you can download music and get discounts if you let other people download from you. Ourmedia.org actually encourages Mr Idris' young people to recognise the artist within themselves by letting them post their music, videos, writings and other intellectual property to let others share it.
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