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<title>Towards a "World Intellectual Wealth Organisation"</title>
<p class="tagline">Towards a</p>
<h1>“World Intellectual Wealth Organisation”</h1>
<h2>Supporting the Geneva Declaration</h2>
The <a
Declaration</a> is an impressive step towards the creation of a broad
coalition of people, organisations and countries<a href="#fn1"
class="fn">1</a> demanding that the international community re-think the
goals and mechanisms for awarding monopoly control over different kinds of
knowledge. It offers many constructive, concrete suggestions for changes
in WIPO goals, policies and priorities, and provides ample and insightful
arguments for redesign of the copyright and patent bargains to better
serve the public interest of all of humankind.
We are convinced that new answers sometimes require new questions,
not more careful repetition of old questions. A World Intellectual
Property Organisation will always, understandably, lean towards
applying the pre-selected tool-set of monopolisation that it
refers to as Intellectual Property; a term that we find to be
ideologically charged and dangerously oblivious to the significant
differences that exist between the many areas of law that it tries
to subsume.
While it may look at better, possibly more socially sustainable
ways of granting ownership-like monopolies over different forms of
knowledge, WIPO will not have an easy time looking for alternative
solutions. WIPO is not what we need.
We need a World Intellectual Wealth Organisation, dedicated to the
research and promotion of novel and imaginative ways to encourage
the production and dissemination of knowledge. Granting limited
monopolies and limited control over some kinds of knowledge may be
part of this new organisation's tool-set, but not the only one,
and maybe not even the most important one.
We endorse and support the <a
Declaration</a>, and invite its drafters, signatories, and the
United Nations to start thinking now not only about what the role
of WIPO should be, but rather what kind of organisation we need in
its place.
<h2 id="fn">References</h2>
<li id="fn1">
Proposal by Argentina and Brazil for the establishment of a
development agenda for WIPO: <a
If you wish to see your name or the name of your organisation
added to this list, please contact <a
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