My TED Talk

(via James Burke) Errr…. no, I have not been invited to speak at TED… yet 😉 Check out this great TED Talk generator. Someone has taken 525 published TED talks and created a random generator with it. Here is my “good” presentation. The platitudes almost make sense: I’ll give you […]

Copyright in money?

An interesting case of art ownership and moral rights is taking place in Costa Rica at the moment. The new 2,000 colones bill will enter into circulation soon. However, there has been a dispute because the author of the portrait of educator Mauro Fernández (pictured) has claimed that he was […]


The day begins with delegates locked in informal negotiations, so it is likely that I will not be able to report much today because I have to fly back to Edinburgh. Word in the hallways is that there were closed negotiations well into the night yesterday on topics such as […]


[You know the drill, these are my own opinions] Plenary session begins with the discussion of paper CDIP/5/5 dealing with the Project on Intellectual Property and Product Branding for Business Development in Developing Countries and Least-Developed Countries (LDCs). This is mostly being presented as a project that will try to […]


[As stated earlier, these are my own opinions] Work resumes, dealing with recommendations on the public domain. Development Agenda Group is asking to approve the proposals, but would also like to include a positive normative element to enhance the public domain. There was a bit of a keruffle during the […]

WIPO CDIP5 Morning Day Two

The day begins with work on the point 7 of the Agenda: namely “Continuation of discussion on coordination mechanisms and monitoring, assessing and reporting modalities”. Did you have to read that twice? Yes, me too. I am worried that the Development Agenda is mired on procedural minutiae as agreeing on […]

Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) Morning Day One

[Disclaimer: I am attending as representative from Creative Commons, but this blog expresses only my opinions and not CC’s] Dr Francis Gurry, Secreatary General of WIPO opens the proceedings. There are funds and staff for development. Established an office of economist and established a “Challenges” office. There is a new […]


Seems like the volcano gods have stayed their hand, so I’ll be away in Geneva next week attending the Fifth Session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) at WIPO on behalf of Creative Commons. Will blog and tweet accordingly depending on internet availability.

Socrates and Free Software

Very interesting discussion here about the defence of Free Software using Socrates. This dialogue between Socrates and sophist Antiphon can be found in Xenophon’s Memorabilia (Book I, Part VI): Antiphon. Socrates, for my part, I believe you to be a good and upright man; but for your wisdom I cannot […]