[drn-discuss] [Fwd: WIPO Manifesto for Transparency, Participation, Balance and Access]]

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Sun Mar 13 18:55:10 PST 2005

As I am sure you have heard there is currently concern about 
restrictions on NGO attendance at the WIPO April intersessional. The 
petition below has been set up by Pedro, Cory and Pedro Dourade de 
Rezende to push for more access. If you have it would be great to sign-on.



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Subject: 	WIPO Manifesto for Transparency, Participation, Balance and Access
Date: 	Wed, 09 Mar 2005 23:59:27 +0000
From: 	Pedro de Paranagua Moniz <pedro_paranagua at yahoo.com.br>
To: 	undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear Colleague:

The following open letter will be sent to WIPO, the World Intellectual
Property Organization, calling for TRANSPARENCY, PARTICIPATION, BALANCE
and ACCESS in its work. Prior to a large and ambitious publicity
campaign, your sign-on to this letter is essential.

WIPO is locking NGOs out of its negotiations, using tactics to isolate
those governments who stand up for you, and hiding the evidence by
deleting it from their website. The mentioned letter goes into great
detail on this.

If you are a computer programmer or polititian; if you are ill, if you
have an audio/visual or motor impairment, if you are a student,
academic, or citizen concerned about access to knowledge and the absence
of balance between rightsholders and the public interest within
developed countries and mainly in developing/least developed countries,
please take a moment to read this and consider signing into it.

Things you can do:


       sign onto the open letter (now available in English and
       Portuguese) by visiting this link:
       http://www.petitiononline.com/wipo/petition.html, and


       spread it all over the world by sending e-mails and putting in
       your webpage a link to the online petition.

Gandhi said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they
fight you, then you WIN." This is the fighting part, and your help is

Pedro de Paranaguá Moniz

Brazilian citizen

Post-graduate student at Queen Mary, University of London

lc04013 at qmul.ac.uk <mailto:lc04013 at qmul.ac.uk>

Cory Doctorow

Canadian citizen

European Affairs Coordinator, Electronic Frontier Foundation

cory at eff.org <mailto:cory at eff.org>

www.eff.org <http://www.eff.org/>

Pedro Antonio Dourado de Rezende

Brazilian citizen

Professor of Computing Science

University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil

prezende at unb.br <mailto:prezende at unb.br>


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