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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)

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

Contact info

Video for 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?
  • This article from NY Times
    • Indeed, all but the most strident digital anarchists agree that illegal file sharing is wrong.
      • This sentence misses the point... the question is whether (how much of?) file sharing should be illegal.
  • 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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