[A2k] James Love: CPTech Statement regarding WIPO General Assembly (2005)
Mon Oct 3 17:59:04 2005
"The WIPO General Assembly continues to support the WIPO Development
Agenda discussions and it stopped just short of making a decision
about a Diplomatic Conference regarding the Broadcasting,
Cablecasting and Webcasting Organizations treaty. The current
impasse over the patent treaty demonstrates that the old patent
agenda has run out of steam. WIPO needs to come up with a new patent
agenda. This new patent agenda should focus on new ways to improve
patent quality, control anti-competitive practices and address
problems facing standards organizations.
We also hope that member states will identify the appropriate forum
to discuss elements of a treaty on access to knowledge. It is
important for WIPO to demonstrate it has a positive agenda for
innovation, creativity and access to creative and inventive works.
The United States government and the European Commission should
abandon efforts to use WIPO as an instrument of uncritically
expanding intellectual property protection and the protection of
their export industries. They should support a new dialogue within
WIPO. A dialogue consistent with modern intellectual discourse
about the reform of intellectual property regimes in order to promote
the public interest, North and South.
We look forward to discussions in November at the Standing Committee
on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) regarding the proposed treaty
on the protection of broadcasting, cablecasting and webcasting
organizations and regarding the proposal by Chile for a global
minimum standards for limitations and exceptions for copyright."
James Love, Director
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