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April 6, 2005
WIPO Spins Lockout of Civil Society Groups
In advance of the controversial WIPO Development Agenda meetings next week, David Tannenbaum provides excellent preemptive spin-control on WIPO's preemptive spin (hyperlink, mine):
This media advisory suggests that the General Assembly language binds the secretariat to close out civil society NGOs, but the restrictive gloss on this language is a creation of the secretariat alone.
Previous relevant Copyfight coverage here
Update: More preemptive spin control reported @ IP Watch: The Friends of Development detail their proposals for WIPO reform and rebut US representatives' counter-proposal aimed at minimizing/containing the Development Agenda: "[The] Friends of Development emphasized their view that 'the development dimension of intellectual property is not the same thing as technical assistance.' They affirmed that they attach importance 'to the role of intellectual property in the path towards development' and stressed their belief that 'WIPO could have a new role
if it incorporates the development dimension into its work.'"
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