Wednesday, February 23, 2005

WGIG & WIPO

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Writing on the WSIS-PCT discussion list, the WGIG's Vittorio Bertola responds to a comment from Richard Stallman:

Richard Stallman disse:
> The situation is asymmetric. If the WGIG recommends
> a reduction in copyright or patent power, these recommendations
> could not be put into practice, because the WTO won't allow it.
> But if the WGIG recommends increased copyright or patent power,
> those recommendations could be carried out.

Just to clarify... the WGIG will never recommend to increase or decrease the extent of application of copyright etc., as the WGIG does not deal with substance - only with governance.

What the WGIG could do (and what we hope it will do) is to examine the way WIPO works, to the extent that it deals with Internet-related issues, and conclude that it is not meeting the criteria set forth by the WSIS for Internet governance processes, as it's not adequately multi-stakeholder.

This would tie up with the Development Agenda campaign, especially now that (as per Jamie Love's email that was widely circulated on WSIS CS lists) WIPO apparently is denying accreditation to users NGOs for its April meeting, thus conferming that WIPO is not a level playing field for civil society, and further restricting the chances that civil society can
gain a proper role from the inside of WIPO.

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