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Thomas A Giovanetti

October 3, 2005

Development Agenda has been decided (for 2005)


My understanding is that a compromise has been agreed to on the development agenda. The issue was between those who wanted the "IIM process" to continue, and between those who wanted the discuss ...

September 30, 2005

More on why we don't want the UN running the Internet


For over a year, the important work of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has been held hostage by a group of countries who are using this tactic simply to gain leverage on other m ...

September 30, 2005

Meanwhile, across the street at WSIS . . .


While I'm mostly following what's going on at the WIPO General Assemblies, across the street at the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), PrepCom-3 of the World Summit on the Information So ...

September 30, 2005

Understanding "informal consultations"


Here's how things go at a consensus-driven organization like WIPO. Since nothing can be decided unless there is "consensus," in a body composed of so many different and disparate nations, almost ...

September 28, 2005

Grokster-related changes in the P2P world


Isn't it interesting how P2P companies are changing their technology post-Grokster? eDonkey, for example, is moving to comply with intellectual property protection, and is "throwing in the towel ...

September 28, 2005

Article on IP protection on TechNewsWorld


In an example of fortuitous timing, giving the debate this afternoon and tomorrow morning at WIPO on the "development agenda," I've just had an op/ed published on TechNewsWorld on this very topic. ...

September 28, 2005

Broadcast Treaty debate going on this morning at WIPO


This morning, the agenda item at the WIPO General Assembly meeting is the Broadcast Treaty. I've blogged a little bit on the Treaty before, but not much. The IP skeptic activists HATE the Broadc ...

September 27, 2005

Intercontinental Hotel Geneva doesn't respect reservations


I'm in Geneva for the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Because I know this blog is read by many who travel to Geneva for WIPO matters, I've had an experi ...

September 22, 2005

Que, KaZaa, KaZaa


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September 22, 2005

Verizon and Disney team up on piracy


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September 21, 2005

Things heating up in preparation for WIPO General Assembly


WIPO's biennial General Assembly meeting starts next week in Geneva, and things are starting to heat up in advance of the meeting. We'll be there, in case you were wondering, to participate as a ...

September 21, 2005

Comments policy


Apparently it's time to restate the comments policy. We've been getting a lot of really inflammatory comments lately with fake email addresses designed to get around this blog's authentication s ...

September 19, 2005

India considering granting data exclusivity


In yet another encouraging sign that India is moving in the right direction toward stronger intellectual property protection, the government of India is mulling a "turnaround" in its policy on data ...

September 19, 2005

Extensive article on IP challenges in China


Here's a good (but poorly-titled) article on the IP situation in China called "The copyright challenge in China", even though it also deals extensively with patent issues as well. Most notably: ...

September 18, 2005

Okay, so what happened at the WIPO NGO meeting?


I said I'd report from the WIPO interactive meeting with NGOs, and this is it. First of all, here's a news story from the meeting that tells you everything you don't need to know. It must have b ...

 

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