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WIPO Committee Presentations Show Nuanced View of Copyright 84

Posted by timothy
from the at-least-given-the-context dept.
AtomicJake writes "As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is known for a very rigid course combating counterfeiting and piracy in general, it comes as a surprise that during a meeting of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement, several presenters have shown nuanced views on the economics of enforcing intellectual property rights. Combating clothing piracy might not be beneficial for the welfare of a developing country. Most surprising is the presentation of WIPO Chief Economist (PDF) Carsten Fink, which says that illegal copies of software may actually be beneficial even for consumers of the original goods. Also the piracy of audio-visual goods creates not only losses but also benefits for e.g. hardware manufacturers. Maybe this is because Mr. Fink wrote the presentation before joining WIPO?"
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WIPO Committee Presentations Show Nuanced View of Copyright

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  • by icebike (68054) on Saturday November 07, 2009 @10:02PM (#30018556)

    Its in paragraph 78 if you care to read the rest.

  • by thejynxed (831517) on Saturday November 07, 2009 @10:04PM (#30018562) Homepage

    I don't understand why you're being modded a troll. You really aren't far off the mark on how these organizations view themselves and others, and aptly calls out their behavior.

    They force 3rd-World nations to sign WIPO treaties in order to get any disaster/poverty relief aid from the World Bank/IMF, for instance. The only 3rd-World nations that get away with not signing them and still get the money are nations like Venezuela and Columbia (or any other 3rd World nation that has an abundance of A) drug/narco-production B) immense natural resources, such as diamonds, natural gas and oil), or that is controlled by a strong dictatorship that despises the 'Western' world, while wanting all of the money and benefits they can get from dealing with 'The Great Satan' and its allies.

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