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Thomas A Giovanetti

June 29, 2006


We've just had a round of interventions in answer to the Chairman's question of whether there is any point in continuing, and if so, how? The Chairman pointed out that if on Thursday afternoon w ...

June 29, 2006

Friends of Development: Our Way or No Way

[The purpose of this blog entry is to catch up and explain the latest developments at the WIPO Development Agenda meeting in Geneva. Subsequently I will provide background and other information. ...

June 29, 2006

Streaming video: The New anti-IP Bolsheviks

Back in February I have a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on intellectual property. It's a pretty provocative speech with a pretty provocative title, "Th ...

June 28, 2006

So what's going on in Geneva?

For those who have been expecting vigorous, aggressive and controversial blogging from the WIPO Development Agenda meetings, I must apologize. I've actually been ill since I arrived in Geneva, and ...

June 23, 2006

U.S. Attorney General on IP Theft

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales writes in an op/ed in InformationWeek that the administration has implemented all 31 recommendations of the Justice Department's 2001 Task Force on Intellect ...

June 14, 2006

Piracy hurts creators in developing countries II

Here's an article from about how native African artists are being harmed by piracy and lack of IP protection and enforcement. Tiro Baikananyi, Phikwe based Pantsula artist who goes ...

June 10, 2006

Good news! There's still IP protection in the future

Came across this little gem the other night flipping channels. I encountered a familiar old episode of the original Star Trek series called "I, Mudd." This episode featured the character Harvey Fen ...

June 3, 2006

How activists succeed

You gotta love these activists. They sure are, well, active. From conference to conference they go, talking to themselves and reassuring each other of the moral superiority of their anti-capital ...

May 31, 2006

Sweden shuts down The Pirate Bay

Policy in Sweden have shut down The Pirate Bay, one of the largest file-sharing sites in the world. Henrik Pontén, lawyer at Antipiratbyrån (The Anti-Pirate Bureau) in Stockholm, w ...

May 31, 2006

Piracy hurts creators in developing countries

For those who think that piracy and counterfeiting are wonderful tools for economic development, here's a great story. Apparently artists and creators in Swaziland disagree with you. The story i ...

May 30, 2006

Audacious pirates completely assume a brand

Here's a story on how a sophisticated ring of counterfeiters has "set up what amounted to a parallel NEC brand." Evidence seized in raids on 18 factories and warehouses in China and Taiwan over ...

May 26, 2006

Just one more example of how IP is critical to innovation

Interesting story in the New Zealand news about the importance of IP protection to the development of a promising new drug for Parkinson's Disease. According to the researchers: Worldwide ...

May 22, 2006

The A2K activists are at it again

Another IP skeptic lovefest is coming. And again, their big concern seems to be slogans and tee shirts. For my much-blogged commentary on the last big IP skeptic lovefest, click here. ...

May 8, 2006

Apple Computer wins copyright dispute with (Beatles') Apple Corp.

Apple Computer has won it's dispute with Apple Corp. over the use of the Apple symbol for music related activities. By Adam Pasick LONDON (Reuters) - Apple Computer won its courtroom battle a ...

May 1, 2006

WIPO debates Broadcast Treaty

They've just wrapped up the first day of discussions at WIPO about the proposed treaty for the protection of broadcasters' rights. Here is a link to the related documents on WIPO's website. T ...


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