Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Copyright is pricing consumers out of knowledge


20 February: A new Consumers International report has condemned World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) technical assistance as 'thoroughly inadequate', and is demanding a wholesale review of the organisation's legislative advice to developing countries. The criticism comes as WIPO delegates meet in Geneva to discuss the organization's developement agenda.

The Copyright and Access to Knowledge report examines copyright law in 11 Asian countries. It finds that all 11 countries, including China, India and Malaysia, have given copyright owners far more protection than the intellectual property treaties they have signed up to require.

Download the report, the latest press release and CI's statement to WIPO.