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** Encourage people to comment
** Encourage people to comment
** Encourage people to contact legislators about this issue
** Encourage people to contact legislators about this issue
* Colin: guest blogging about FC Tour?
* Recent updates with "''Eyes'' on the Screen"
* Recent updates with "''Eyes'' on the Screen"
** [http://downhillbattle.org/eyes/tapes.php Tell Us Where There are Tapes]
** [http://downhillbattle.org/eyes/tapes.php Tell Us Where There are Tapes]

Revision as of 19:18, 19 February 2005

Agenda and minutes for the Sunday, 20 Feb 2005 conference call

The agenda and minutes for other meetings are available on the Meetings page.


Agenda by Gavin

Geneva Declaration

please read

  • Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO
    • On October 4, 2004, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization agreed to adopt a proposal offered by Argentina and Brazil, the "Proposal for the Establishment of a Development Agenda for WIPO". This proposal was strongly supported by developing countries, as well as by a large contingent of civil society. Prior to the General Assembly meeting, hundreds of nonprofits, scientists, academics and other individuals had signed the "Geneva Declaration on the Future of WIPO," which calls on WIPO to focus more on the needs of developing countries, and to view IP as one of many tools for development - not as an end in itself.
    • accepts signatures from organizations, schools, individuals
      • unclear if it is still accepting signatures
    • less positive reactions: concerns about phrasing, use of term "intellectual property", focus on moral problem of expansive copyright, etc.
      • This is a multi-language document, so nitpicking language is probably not appropriate here. -- Gavin 02:26, 14 Feb 2005 (EST)
      • The proposal came from Argentina and Brazil, and is meant to target the developing world, so that explains the focus on the moral side of things. It's the developing world saying the developed world is doing them wrong with too-restrictive copyright. -- Gavin 02:26, 14 Feb 2005 (EST)
  • How do we feel about this? What do we want to do about it?
    • If we don't sign on, we should at least blog about it and the reasons why we didn't. -- Gavin 02:26, 14 Feb 2005 (EST)

Blogshine Sunday

The Society of Professional Journalists is organizing "Sunshine Sunday" on March 13. News organizations will run stories, editorials and cartoons urging greater access to government information. As a former reporter, this is something I (Gavin) care about, but it doesn't seem to relate very directly to what we traditionally work on. The question was, how do we tie in it to us? The answer: Blogshine Sunday.

  • "Blogshine Sunday," at blogshine.org, will focus on the issues facing tomorrow's journalists.
    1. In an increasingly wired society, documents need to be online and not just buried in archives. Not just online, but in open file formats, with no registration and no tracking personal information, no companies building proprietary databases and locking down access.
    2. "Professional" journalists are not the only ones who deserve access to our government. Ordinary people, e.g. bloggers, deserve protections traditionally reserved for the "press."

What do you think?

Orphan works

  • Orphan works RFC
  • site
  • The Copyright Office did this at the request of Orrin Hatch and Howard Berman, usually arch-enemies of free culture. What gives?
  • status update
    • PK now has some info online
    • EFF has contacted us, wants to work with us on this

Contact info

Video for FC Tour

  • Video project
  • status update
    • Is this dead in the water - can we write this off for the FC tour?

Signing on to ATA

Singing on to Budapest Iniative

Revising the Manifesto

To blog


  • Berne Convention
    • Should be maximum term for copyright -- maybe less, but no more
      • Do we really agree with this?
  • CC license happenings
    • Magnatune switching to 2.0 licenses
    • Our discussions with CC about our concerns
    • Our joining as affiliate?
  • Web site happenings
    • Talk a little bit about the recent changes to the FC.o site
      • Chapter blog aggregator
        • What good does an aggregator do for us & for readers
        • Use this to encourage chapters, whatever stage they're at, to get a blog, even if it's LiveJournal
      • Updates to Chapters page
      • Updated flyers, Get Involved page
    • Generally tell people we're still looking for new groups to get involved, we're working on building an activist packet & a better Web site to help new groups, some ways people can get involved, throw out some of our project ideas to seek public reaction
    • Maybe this should be split into two blog posts, one about the Web site, one about us generally



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