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  5. <title>Observing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)</title>
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  8. <h3>Changing the</h3>
  9. <h1>World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)</h1>
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  11. <img src="/activities/wipo/wipo.en.png" alt="WIPO Logo" width="200" height="140" />
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  13. <p>
  14. The <a href="http://www.wipo.org">World Intellectual Property
  15. Organization (WIPO)</a> is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the
  16. <a href="http://www.un.org">United Nations</a> system of organisations.
  17. Its role is administrating 23 international treates dealing with
  18. different aspects of limited monopolies on knowledge.
  19. </p>
  20. <p>
  21. According to its own <a href="http://www.wipo.org">web page</a>, it is
  22. </p>
  23. <p class="indent">
  24. <em>
  25. "an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and
  26. protection of works of the human spirit. These works -- intellectual
  27. property -- are expanding the bounds of science and technology and
  28. enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an
  29. important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well
  30. as creating real wealth for nations."
  31. </em>
  32. </p>
  33. <p>
  34. As explained in articles such as
  35. "<a href="/activities/wsis/issues.en.html">Fighting intellectual
  36. poverty</a>" or "<a href="/activities/wipo/iprip.en.html">On 'Intellectual
  37. Property' and Indigenous Peoples</a>" on FSFEs web page -- as well as
  38. many others on the net -- the statement above did not match reality in the past. The
  39. <a href="http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/genevadeclaration.html">Geneva
  40. Declaration</a> states clearly how in the past WIPO has had a history of
  41. "intellectually weak, ideologically rigid, and sometimes brutally
  42. unfair and inefficient policies."
  43. </p>
  44. <p>
  45. For anyone involved in questions of freedom in a digital age, such as
  46. Free Software Foundation Europe, WIPO is often at the root of current
  47. threats, such as <a href="/activities/swpat/">software patents</a>, the
  48. <a href="/activities/eucd/">European Copyright Directive (EUCD)</a> and
  49. others. When these come to a European or national level, we often find
  50. that little room for change exists.
  51. </p>
  52. <p>
  53. Instead of reacting to legislative projects individually when they are
  54. passed down, Free Software Foundation Europe is proactively
  55. facilitating more useful legislation at its root, the
  56. global level, in which WIPO is one key player. For that reason,
  57. FSFE has requested observer status to WIPO in 2003, which was
  58. granted during the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO from
  59. September 27 to October 5, 2004.
  60. </p>
  61. <p>
  62. Together with a global coalition of other players with similar goals,
  63. FSFE will work to change the "World Intellectual Property Organization"
  64. into a "<a href="/activities/wipo/wiwo.html">World Intellectual Wealth
  65. Organisation</a>."
  66. </p>
  67. <h3>Documents</h3>
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  69. <h3>Related</h3>
  70. <ul>
  71. <li>Free Software Foundation Europe supports the <a href="http://www.ipjustice.org/WIPO/NGO_Statement.shtml">Development Agenda -- IIM/3 NGO Statement</a> for the third <a href="http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=8487" target="_blank">Inter-Sessional, Inter-Governmental Meeting (IIM) on a Development Agenda</a>, 20 July 2005</li>
  72. <li>Statement in Support of the Geneva Declaration: <a href="/activities/wipo/wiwo.html">Towards a 'World Intellectual Wealth Organisation'</a></li>
  73. </ul>
  74. <ul>
  75. <li>Article: <a href="/freesoftware/standards/ps.html">Analysis on balance: Standardisation and Patents</a></li>
  76. <li>Article: <a href="/activities/wsis/issues.html">Fighting intellectual poverty</a></li>
  77. <li>Article: <a href="/activities/wipo/iprip.html">On 'Intellectual Property' and Indigenous Peoples</a></li>
  78. </ul>
  79. <ul>
  80. <li>Project page: <a href="/activities/wsis/">World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)</a></li>
  81. <li>Project page: <a href="/activities/swpat/">Software Patents</a></li>
  82. <li>Project page: <a href="/activities/eucd/">European Copyright Directive (EUCD)</a></li>
  83. </ul>
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