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Free Press blog from WIPO meeting

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Free Press (www.freepress.net) and the Consumer Project on Technology (www.cptech.org) teamed up to bring you a blow-by-blow from inside last week's important World Intellectual Propety Organization (WIPO) meeting in Geneva. At this meeting, public interest organizations supported developing country demands for a Development Agenda that would reform WIPO and put development needs ahead of an ever-broader 'intellectual property' regime. If the Development Agenda succeeds, WIPO could shift from being a tool of Big Media, Pharma, Agribusiness, and Micro$oft, used to promote stronger, longer copyright, patents, and trademarks without regard to the impacts on health, creativity, the media system and development, to an institution that promotes access to knowledge with the aim of meeting the UN Millenium Development Goals. Brazilian activist Pablo Ortellado blogged regular updates on the battle inside WIPO to www.mediatrademonitor.org.

Background: Overview of WIPO | Overview of Development Agenda proposal | Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO | WIPO homepage

MTM Reports: April 11 | April 12 | April 13 (final day)

CPTech Reports and Key Documents: CPTech list of proposals, statements, news stories


Sasha Costanza-Chock and Pablo Ortellado
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