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Thomas A Giovanetti

March 15, 2006

I'm not the only one who had a problem with the "parasitic technology" paper

It's good to see that some folks at PFF also had a problem with the paper they published by Stan Leibowitz on "parasitic technologies," although the internal criticism and discussion that is going ...

March 13, 2006

Astounding new piece from PFF

Our friends at the Progress and Freedom Foundation (PFF), with whom we frequently agree, have just put out an astounding piece called "Parasitic Technologies and Noncreative Destruction." Here ...

February 23, 2006

Argentina is really concerned about important issues

Argentina is now complaining that the proposals should have been presented in a horizontal table rather than in a vertical list. Jeez . . . You think YOU wasted your day today . . . ...

February 23, 2006

Shutting down anti-IP speechifying

Well, we've just had some more fun. The radical, left-wing, anti-IP groups here use WIPO as a platform to rant against IP and related issues. They use their opportunities to speak as a chance t ...

February 23, 2006

U.S. puts their finger on the issue during their intervention

When the U.S. had its chance to respond to criticisms to its proposal, they said something very important. The U.S. said that the the proposal from the Friends of Development is not THE Development ...

February 23, 2006

Diplomatic sparks fly on Thursday morning at WIPO

Had I done the sensible thing this morning and spent a recreational day in the Swiss Alps at Chamonix, I would have missed the biggest spat of the event (so far, at least). Brazil spent considera ...

February 22, 2006

My neighbor at WIPO

You can just imagine some of the fun conversations we've had the last three days. Actually, the discourse has been very civil. Most of the NGOs are actually very civil to each other, at le ...

February 22, 2006

IPI's "2nd" intervention at WIPO on public domain and "brain drain"

The following is the text of IPI's "2nd" intervention before the WIPO PCDA. It is in response to a proposal from the African Group. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for this opportunity to speak on beh ...

February 22, 2006

Google found to infringe copyright by creating thumbnails

This is very interesting. U.S. District Judge Howard Matz has ruled that Google infringed copyright by posting thumbnail images of photos from other websites through it's image search function. ...

February 21, 2006

Observations after 2 days of WIPO PCDA meetings

A few quick observations after two days. Rhetoric less inflammatory First, the rhetoric from country delegations seems much less strident and revolutionary than it did last year during the Develo ...

February 21, 2006

Almost an intervention at WIPO PCDA

Well, let's see: You fly all the way from Texas to Geneva in order to defend the idea of intellectual property, and thus to indirectly defend WIPO from its critics, and then the Chairman of the mee ...

February 20, 2006

Chile, TPMs, and encryption

Right now, the delegation of Chile is describing their proposal for a development agenda for WIPO. Chile's proposal is of the nature of charging WIPO with studying and promoting things OTHER THA ...

February 20, 2006

Diplomacy is about NOT getting things done . . .

So, here's how things got started. At 9 am, nothing had started. At 10 am, nothing had yet started. At 11 am, still nothing. At 12 pm, still nothing. By my watch, the proceedings got st ...

February 20, 2006

First fun fact from WIPO's PCDA meeting

Here's your first fun fact of the morning from WIPO's Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda (PCDA): The group sitting directly to my left is called IPLeft. Thi ...

February 19, 2006

At Least China Is Upfront About It

An article in the FT on China's new online Internet censor characters. Chilling, and registration is required. Consider this quotation from the director of the program: “He is just l ...


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