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  9. <title>FSF Europe - Observing WIPO - Statement at the IIM on a Development Agenda, 20 June 2005</title>
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  13. [ <a href="statement-20050620.en.pdf">PDF Version (38k)</a> ]
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  16. <a href="/activities/policy.html">WIPO</a>
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  18. <h1>Statement by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) </h1>
  19. <h4>SECOND INTER-SESSIONAL, INTER-GOVERNMENTAL
  20. MEETING ON A DEVELOPMENT AGENDA FOR WIPO (Geneva, 20-22 June 2005)</h4>
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  22. <p>Mr. Chairman,</p>
  23. <p>on behalf of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), let me express
  24. my congratulations on your chairing this most important session. The
  25. FSFE is a globally active centre of expertise focussed on Europe, acting
  26. in a network with sister organisations in India, Latin America and the
  27. United States of America.</p>
  28. <p>Our area of expertise are the issues raised by a digitised society and
  29. economy, questions which are addressed effectively by Free Software; as
  30. defined by the freedom of unlimited use for any purpose, the freedom to
  31. study, the freedom to modify and the freedom to distribute.</p>
  32. <p>We commend the Friends of Development on their clear and constructive
  33. proposal on how to improve the effectiveness of WIPO in terms of
  34. becoming a true ``World Intellectual Wealth Organisation.'' We also
  35. commend all other countries on their proposals, which, as we have noted,
  36. all involve Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).</p>
  37. <p>In accordance with the Declaration of Principles and the Plan of Action
  38. adopted by all UN Member States during the December 2003 World Summit on
  39. the Information Society, we emphasise the need for such activities to
  40. not de-facto or de-jure mandate the specific software model employed, be
  41. it proprietary or Free Software.</p>
  42. <p>Mr. Chairman,</p>
  43. <p>like proprietary software, Free Software is using copyright: It does so
  44. by mitigating some of the restrictions to best fit the social and
  45. economic needs of all players; actors in the Free Software field range
  46. from large companies such as SUN and IBM, to cities like Munich and
  47. Vienna, and to non-governmental organisations, such as ourselves.</p>
  48. <p>Although Free Software is a model employed with great success by a large
  49. number of developed and developing states, most of current WIPO
  50. activities are focussing on proprietary software only. For the upcoming
  51. discussions we therefore call upon WIPO to specifically also include
  52. Free Software in all its programmes and activities, educating its member
  53. states on the social and economic benefits of the Free Software model.</p>
  54. <p>Thank you, Mr. Chairman.</p>
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