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Intellectual Property

Digital communications and global online systems are having a substantial effect on our copyright and trademark laws. There is considerable debate over whether laws that were designed to protect the copying of physical objects can be enforced in an environment where copying is cheap, easy, instantaneous and perfect. Because the information industries are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, there is a great deal of economic interest in finding both legal and technical ways to protect the information product in the digital environment.

At issue is the balance between public and private interests. Strict copyright laws may protect the interests of companies selling intellectual property products, but these same laws could limit public access to information. CPSR supports copyright legislation that protects the public's ability to pursue ideas through the assertion of fair use rights.



Created on August 10, 2006.

First Peruvian duet license its music under Creative Commons Peru licenses

News CPSR Opposes WIPO Broadcast Treaty Proposal

Created on October 23, 2005.

CPSR Signs Consumer Project on Technology Letter to Congress Opposing WIPO Broadcast Treaty Proposal and requesting formal comments.

News ¿Necesitan protección adicional los derechos intelectuales de los organismos de radiodifusión y de difusión por cable?

Created on November 17, 2004.

La ciudad suiza de Ginebra es sede de la duodécima sesión del Comité Permanente de Derecho de Autor y Derechos Conexos de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual - OMPI, a celebrarse del 17 al 19 de noviembre de 2004. Durante el evento se debatirá la conveniencia de adoptar un tratado que proteja de manera más amplia a los organismos de radiodifusión y de difusión por cable. Una veintena de organizaciones de la sociedad civil, entre las que se encuentra CPSR-Perú, asisten a la referida reunión, incluyendo a Consumer Project on Technology - CPTech, Electronic Frontier Foundation - EFF, IP Justice, Union for the Public Domain, European Digital Rights - EDRi, - The European Consumers' Organisation - BEUC, The Civil Society Coalition and The International Federation of Library Associations.

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Other Information On P2P Developer Trial (Dec. 2006)

Created on December 17, 2006.

On "Winny" P2P software developer trial judgement

Other Information CPSR home page for Jim Horning

Created on February 16, 2006.

Dr. James Jay (Jim) Horning is Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Security Operation of SPARTA, Inc.

Other Information Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization

Created on October 13, 2004.

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" (sometimes referred to as "Item 12" because of its placement listing on the meeting's agenda). 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. CPSR is a signatory.

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