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  4. <title>FSFE - Towards a "World Intellectual Wealth Organisation"</title>
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  7. <p class="tagline">Towards a</p>
  8. <h1>“World Intellectual Wealth Organisation”</h1>
  9. <h2>Supporting the Geneva Declaration</h2>
  10. <p>
  11. The <a
  12. href="http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/genevadeclaration.html">Geneva
  13. Declaration</a> is an impressive step towards the creation of a broad
  14. coalition of people, organisations and countries<a href="#fn1"
  15. class="fn">1</a> demanding that the international community re-think the
  16. goals and mechanisms for awarding monopoly control over different kinds of
  17. knowledge. It offers many constructive, concrete suggestions for changes
  18. in WIPO goals, policies and priorities, and provides ample and insightful
  19. arguments for redesign of the copyright and patent bargains to better
  20. serve the public interest of all of humankind.
  21. </p>
  22. <p>
  23. We are convinced that new answers sometimes require new questions,
  24. not more careful repetition of old questions. A World Intellectual
  25. Property Organisation will always, understandably, lean towards
  26. applying the pre-selected tool-set of monopolisation that it
  27. refers to as Intellectual Property; a term that we find to be
  28. ideologically charged and dangerously oblivious to the significant
  29. differences that exist between the many areas of law that it tries
  30. to subsume.
  31. </p>
  32. <p>
  33. While it may look at better, possibly more socially sustainable
  34. ways of granting ownership-like monopolies over different forms of
  35. knowledge, WIPO will not have an easy time looking for alternative
  36. solutions. WIPO is not what we need.
  37. </p>
  38. <p>
  39. We need a World Intellectual Wealth Organisation, dedicated to the
  40. research and promotion of novel and imaginative ways to encourage
  41. the production and dissemination of knowledge. Granting limited
  42. monopolies and limited control over some kinds of knowledge may be
  43. part of this new organisation's tool-set, but not the only one,
  44. and maybe not even the most important one.
  45. </p>
  46. <p>
  47. We endorse and support the <a
  48. href="http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/genevadeclaration.html">Geneva
  49. Declaration</a>, and invite its drafters, signatories, and the
  50. United Nations to start thinking now not only about what the role
  51. of WIPO should be, but rather what kind of organisation we need in
  52. its place.
  53. </p>
  54. <h2 id="fn">References</h2>
  55. <ol>
  56. <li id="fn1">
  57. Proposal by Argentina and Brazil for the establishment of a
  58. development agenda for WIPO: <a
  59. href="http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_ga_31/wo_ga_31_11.pdf">http://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_ga_31/wo_ga_31_11.pdf</a>
  60. </li>
  61. </ol>
  62. <h2>Signatories</h2>
  63. <signatories/>
  64. <p>
  65. If you wish to see your name or the name of your organisation
  66. added to this list, please contact <a
  67. href="mailto:web@fsfeurope.org">web@fsfeurope.org</a>.
  68. </p>
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