[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 […]

ACTA and intermediaries

So, the text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been released. Much of what I’ve read so far brings me back to an earlier comment I made regarding one of the early drafts. If you don’t feel like reading the link, the gist of what I said is that […]

Patenting maths

I’ve finally watched the excellent video “Patent Absurdity: how software patents broke the system”, and I highly recommend it. It contains several interviews surrounding the Bilski case in the U.S. Supreme Court, with commentary from some of the biggest names in the software patent debate. I will let the video […]

Information self-determination in the Google Age

Some  weeks ago I had a conversation with a fellow academic about privacy (*waves at Judith*). This is a recurring discussion between us, as we have diametrically opposed views about privacy, technology and how to manage one’s image online. I tend to be in the open camp, while she cherishes […]