Christian Engström, Pirat

18 september 2011

Signed: The Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

Filed under: English,informationspolitik — Christian Engström @ 23:06

Read more about the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest

American University Washington College of Law writes in a press release:

Experts and advocates working on international intellectual property (IP) issues came together at American University Washington College of Law Aug. 25-27, 2011 for the inaugural Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest.

With nearly 200 academics, practitioners, and government and private sector participants from 35 countries, the Global Congress served as a site for sharing research, ideas, and policy proposals for how international IP law can better protect global public interest concerns.


The final proposals from the collective Global Congress were released in the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011. The declaration calls for advocacy to promote creativity and innovation through measures such as open information policies, limitations and exceptions to IP rights, reforms to the patent system, promotion of a free Internet, and policies that encourage the development of innovative models for rewarding creativity. It also pushes for the needs of developing countries to be properly addressed by the international IP system. Finally, the declaration encourages public policy to be made openly while weighing the costs and benefits of the presence and absence of IP rights.

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This is a good declaration that has been drafted by leading academics and activists in the field.

The declaration contains a series of specific recommendations for action, and is divided into the following sections:

  • Putting Intellectual Property in Its Place
  • Valuing Openness and the Public Domain
  • Strengthening Limitations and Exceptions
  • Setting Public Interest Priorities for Patent Reform
  • Supporting Cultural Creativity
  • Checking Enforcement Excesses
  • Implementing Development Agendas
  • Requiring Evidence-based Policy Making

The Declaration will remain open for endorsement and comment throughout the next year, until the next Congress convenes in Rio de Janeiro in August 2012.

I just signed the Washington Declaration, and I encourage others who agree with it to do so as well. This is the new course that we urgently need to set for our intellectual property policies.


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7 kommentarer

  1. OK, signed. Lets see how absolutely nothing will happen.

    Kommentar av Jarda — 19 september 2011 @ 0:35

  2. Signed (because I support the principles therein), though I doubt it will make much difference. Still, it is worth a try.

    Kommentar av Tony Stohne — 19 september 2011 @ 1:03

  3. A pragmatic, balanced approach… It will probably be ignored or even attacked by the established powers.

    Only a massive fait accompli – when everything is everywhere in direct control of everybody, will there be a reasonable reform regarding the immaterial sphere.

    So, widespread and increasing filesharing to the point of totality is necessary for progress in this area.

    But pirates in Berlin is also helpful in this struggle 🙂

    Kommentar av jeffer — 19 september 2011 @ 6:51

  4. Looking at the patent part, I miss actions against the largest challenge the patent system is facing now- software and business idea patent.

    The elimination of those is the most urgent reform that is needed

    Kommentar av rutros — 20 september 2011 @ 9:28

  5. @ rutros

    I agree. The software patents must go.

    Kommentar av Professor — 20 september 2011 @ 11:57

  6. The WD-Link is dead…may we get another one, pls

    Seems to work now. /che

    Kommentar av Anonym — 23 september 2011 @ 5:00

  7. The main problem here is that the western world – and most notably the US – have realized that the export/import industry will continue to generate a disastrously negative trade deficit for them as China and Asia in general outcompete western countries in every cost-quality analysis imaginable when it comes to large-scale manufacturing. Meaning a massive job loss in all industrial sectors.

    The service industry is much the same – massive outsourcing of call centers to India have more or less eradicated customer service work and/or tech support from most major companies.

    Instead the US is currently trying to gain the advantage using intellectual property – believing that as long as companies like big pharma, the IT-sector and the entertainment industry keeps owning the majority of the world’s patent portfolios they will be able to set ordinary cost-quality aspects of marketing aside. We only have to look sat mobile phone manufacturers to see the outcome of this – such as when Apple tries to break Samsung off from the german markets by claiming Samsung violates the concept of a ”flat pad with rounded corners and a centrally located glossy screen”.

    The strategy is self-defeating in the long term. Asian companies purchase and develop patents at a rate which more or less guarantees they will surpass the US patent portfolios within a decade or two. Indeed, Chinas strategy which used to be the major export power (successful) has now shifted into a strategy of aquiring dominance of patent portfolios as well.

    Unlike the US they do this by allowing very lax ip laws within that vast nation which encourages frantic innovation among massive numbers of entrepreneurs.
    Simultaneously China happily signs every trade treaty making international ip legislation more draconian – knowing full well that this will work to their advantage once they aquire a dominant position.

    Meanwhile the US in contrast has hogtied it’s entire innovation industry by ensuring you need weeks worth of work by a team of patent lawyers before you can even tell whether you are allowed to perform research into a given application.

    I expect the US to start tearing up most of the international ip treaties it has pressured other nations into signing as soon as China shows signs of catching up. They’ll have no other choice.

    Kommentar av Scary Devil Monastery — 23 september 2011 @ 16:44

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