Thursday, November 18, 2004

WIPO psychos steal and trash public-interest group papers

Copyright goons stole all the public-interest group literature at the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). The anti-Broadcast Treaty documents were stolen from their table at the 12th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. They were "recovered from the trash can in the first floor men's restroom."

Let me try to convey to you the depth of the weirdness that arose when all the public-interest groups' papers were stolen and trashed at WIPO. No one gets into the WIPO building without being accredited and checked over, so this was almost certainly someone who was working on the treaty -- in other words, a political opponent (none of the documents promoting the Broadcast Treaty were touched).

As the Indian delegation put it, WIPO is an organization based on information. For someone who believes in an information-protection instrument like the Broadcast Treaty to sabotage the negotiation by hiding information from the delegates is bizarre.



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