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  4. <meta name="author-name-1" content="Karsten Gerloff"/>
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  6. <meta name="publication-date" content="2010-11-24"/>
  7. <title>FSFE - Written submission on the project on open collaborative
  8. projects, contained in document CDIP/6/6 at WIPO CDIP/6</title>
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  12. <a href="/projects/un/">United Nations</a> / <a href="/projects/wipo/">WIPO</a>
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  14. <h1>Written submission on the project on open collaborative
  15. projects, contained in document CDIP/6/6</h1>
  16. <h4>Committee on Development and Intellectual Property: <a href="http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=19688">Sixth Session</a>, Geneva, November 22, 2010 to November 26, 2010. </h4>
  17. <p id="introduction">Summary: FSFE welcomes the orientation WIPO is taking
  18. towards the study of open and collaborative models but notes that the list
  19. of projects to be studied is incomplete for it doesn't include Free Software
  20. nor projects like Creative Commons or Wikipedia which have the longer experience
  21. in the field of collaborative project.The inclusion of such projects is
  22. necessary to have a good level of insight in the topic.</p>
  23. <h2>Written submission by Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)</h2>
  24. <p>We highly welcome the proposal for a project on open collaborative
  25. projects, contained in document CDIP/6/6. We believe that WIPO will in
  26. future have an important role in this area, among other things in
  27. advising member states on how obtain the maximum benefits for their
  28. citizens and companies from such models.</p>
  29. <p>We appreciate that the project is proposed to be structured as an
  30. interactive platform, and hope that it will be open for
  31. contributions from all stakeholders. However, the selection of
  32. collaborative project to be studied in depth strikes us as odd. We
  33. are deeply surprised not to find Free Software (also known as open
  34. source) or any Free Software projects among the the collaborative
  35. projects to be investigated.</p>
  36. <p>Free Software predates most of the projects listed in the proposal
  37. for detailed investigation by a full two decades. Rather than
  38. being structured around a single company or entity, it has grown
  39. into a large and complex ecosystem with numerous different methods
  40. for collaboration, and is at the cutting edge of the latest
  41. developments in copyright and patent law, as well as in
  42. standardisation. Bringing together both global corporations and
  43. individual developers on hugely complicated technical projects,
  44. with the GNU/Linux operating system alone poised to underpin a 50
  45. billion USD economy in 2011, Free Software is likely the most
  46. mature example of an open collaborative project that is currently
  47. available to us. At the same time, it is exceedingly well
  48. researched, and huge amounts of data are publicly available.</p>
  49. <p>Similar considerations apply for other projects, such as the Creative
  50. Commons model for copyright licensing and the online encyclopedia
  51. Wikipedia.</p>
  52. <p>We are therefore of the view that a project like the project like the
  53. one proposed in document CDIP/6/6 would be highly incomplete if it did
  54. not take these world-renowned examples of collaborative projects into
  55. consideration. Unless it does so, this project will not deliver the
  56. level of insight which member states rightly hope to reap from their
  57. investment in this project.</p>
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