Sign onto the Geneva Declaration, change WIPO!
Last weekend, I represented EFF at a meeting in Geneva of several disparate activist and non-govermental orgs, working to draft a joint doc called “Future of WIPO,” (or, more formally, “Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization”). This doc is a call to arms to orgs that would see WIPO revisit its role in the world, to take into account the public interest when formulating and promulgating IP policy. The doc has been finalised and is online — we’re collecting signatories for it, and you’re invited.
Humanity faces a global crisis in the governance of knowledge, technology and culture. The crisis is manifest in many ways.
* Without access to essential medicines, millions suffer and die;
* Morally repugnant inequality of access to education, knowledge and technology undermines development and social cohesion;
* Anticompetitive practices in the knowledge economy impose enormous costs on consumers and retard innovation;
* Authors, artists and inventors face mounting barriers to follow-on innovation;
* Concentrated ownership and control of knowledge, technology, biological resources and culture harm development, diversity and democratic institutions;
* Technological measures designed to enforce intellectual property rights in digital environments threaten core exceptions in copyright laws for disabled persons, libraries, educators, authors and consumers, and undermine privacy and freedom;
* Key mechanisms to compensate and support creative individuals and communities are unfair to both creative persons and consumers;
* Private interests misappropriate social and public goods, and lock up the public domain.
Cory Doctorow @ BoingBoing