An Open Letter to WIPO

Text of a
(pdf) sent to Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General of WIPO.

Dear Dr. Idris:
In recent years there has been an explosion of open and collaborative projects to create public goods. These projects are extremely important, and they raise profound questions regarding appropriate intellectual property policies. They also provide evidence that one can achieve a high level of innovation in some areas of the modern economy without intellectual property protection, and indeed excessive, unbalanced, or poorly designed intellectual property protections may be counter-productive. We ask that the World Intellectual Property Organization convene a meeting in calendar year 2004 to examine these new open collaborative development models, and to discuss their relevance for public policy.

Broad enough to get general support and, although one could argue that more meeting scheduling is not something to hope for, or that this could also have been folded nicely into the WSIS, I do agree that it would be nice to get a declaration that IPRs are not the be-all end-all of development, progress and equity.

appendix to the letter lists seven areas where innovation can occur
without intellectual property protection or even where IP protection
hampers innovation.

Amongst the signatories are three of the faculty members present at ILaw, Yochai Benkler, Larry Lessig and Jonathan Zittrain, and many other notables.

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ILaw pictures

I didn’t have a digital camera myself but Frank captured the star of the Thursday night show.

Of course, I end up with a beer in my hands… Classic, or maybe just a statistical probability.

A poilz

Il y a quelque chose d’intéressant dans la façon dont la société aborde la nudité.

On se souvient des projets de photos de foules nues qui explorent cette dimension.

Il y a aussi ce projet qui aborde directement la question.

Bref, ma réflexion personnelle est causée par une amie qui apprécie la chose et me fait continuellement découvrir des sites ma foi forts jolis.

Pas mal plus sain que Porn Star Academie. Quoique nos producteurs de reality-shows devraient peut-etre regarder ce qui se fait aux US côté produits dérivés.

(liens pouvant faire sourciller certains lecteurs)