Seth Johnson | 21 Feb 08:02 2006

Wednesday: NAS Conference on WIPO "Webcasting Treaty"

Please take note.  If you are in DC or can be, please go and
speak to the proponents of this treaty.  This treaty would
eliminate the principle of net neutrality by international
treaty, and establish the legal basis for pervasive content
control throuh a new right of "fixation" for broadcasters.


Public Symposium on the Proposed WIPO "Webcasting Treaty"
The National Academies, Main Auditorium
2100 C Street NW
Washington, DC
February 22, 2006, 1:15 to 5:00 p.m. 

On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22, the National
Academies will hold a public symposium on the application of the
World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) proposed
"Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations" to
webcasts on the Internet. The National Academies have a
significant stake in the debate concerning this proposed treaty,
both as frequent producers and users of webcasts and as an
institution representative of the broader scientific, technical,
and medical research community that produces and uses webcasts.
The purpose of this symposium, therefore, is to convene a public
forum for both the proponents and opponents of the proposed
treaty to present their arguments and to provide an opportunity
for public discussion of these issues. The results of the
discussions also will help inform the National Academies about
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Seth Johnson | 21 Feb 04:07 2006

More on Day 1, WIPO PCDA meeting

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Upd-discuss] WIPO Development Agenda: First day of the
First PCDA
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 18:47:17 -0800
From: Judit Rius Sanjuan <judit.rius <at>>
To: upd-discuss <at>

The first meeting of the WIPO Provisional Committee for
Proposals  Related to a Development Agenda (PCDA) meets from 20
February to 24  February 2006 in Geneva and I am representing
Union for the Public  Domain this time.

New proposals from Chile 
United  States
and the 15 countries of the Friends of Development 
Group  have been presented and hopefully will be discussed during
the following  4 days. Today, the countries' delegations
presented the different  proposals (including the African Group
Proposal from the 3IIM) and made  general statements. The
chairman, Ambassador Gauto from Paraguay, seems  committed to
force substantive discussions. Let's see if the US and the 
European Union allow him.

For the moment, the best coverage on the first day discussions
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Seth Johnson | 21 Feb 04:01 2006

Day 1, WIPO PCDA meeting

(Two postings from A2K list; second one below includes an "IP
Watch" article.  -- Seth)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [A2k] FromGeneva: Day 1 of WIPO PCDA meeting
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 23:03:17 +0100
From: Thiru Balasubramaniam <thiru <at>>
To: ip-health <at>, ecommerce <at>

      Day 1 of WIPO PCDA meeting

Monday, 20 February 2006
Thiru Balasubramaniam

The first meeting of the WIPO Provisional Committee for Proposals
Related to a Development Agenda (PCDA) meets from 20 February to
24 February. The morning session commenced at 12:43 PM and broke
up at 12:57 PM. The reason for the abbrievated morning session
was intense pre-meeting negotiations on electing a Chair for the
PCDA. One candidate favored by the Group B countries (mainly
industrialized Members) was the Ambassador of Romania. The
candidate favored by many developing countries was Ambassador
Rigoberto Gauto Vielman. Finally, after much deliberation, the
candidate from Romania withdrew from the race. When the morning
session convened, Nigeria on behalf of the African Group formally
nominated Ambassador Gauto (Paraguay) as Chair and the Ambassador
of Kyrgyzstan as Vice-Chair. Thailand, on behalf of the Asian
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Seth Johnson | 20 Feb 09:00 2006

The Software Patent Game





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Seth Johnson | 17 Feb 00:31 2006

PK: Net Neutrality Issue Comes Around

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: In the Know -- February 16, 2006
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 11:21:53 -0500 (EST)
From: Public Knowledge <pk <at>>
To: in-the-know <at>

 In the Know -- a bimonthly Public Knowledge update

February 16, 2006


* We Finally Get to Testify -- on Video Franchising
* PK Issues Major Net Neutrality Study
* Senate Panel Takes Up Net Neutrality

 PK Endorses Net Neutrality Trade for Streamlined Franchises

The official topic of the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on
Feb. 15 was whether telephone companies should have an easier
path to entering the video business than did cable companies have
had over the years.  Our unofficial topic, however, was network

For decades, cable companies had to negotiate with more than
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Seth Johnson | 13 Feb 18:30 2006

German Chef Seeks Copyright for Recipes

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [A2k] German star chef asks for copyright-like right on
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 14:59:01 퍝
From: "Georg C. F. Greve" <greve <at>>
To: a2k <at>


Copyright spreading into the area


The invention of cookyright


   Monday 13 February 2006

German cook asking to introduce copyright-like right for recipes.

   Remember the parody about Cold Pizza Piracy? Here is another 
   one, only this time it is not a joke. Imagine yourself in the 
   year 2025, you open your virtual mail box and the certified 
   document printer spews out the following:

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Seth Johnson | 8 Feb 00:02 2006

IMPORTANT! No Broadcast Policy Without Representation!

Okay, it would be very, very beneficial if the US Delegation to
WIPO got some comments TONIGHT or TOMORROW morning on the
Broadcaster's Treaty.  We are meeting with them in the morning
and any outside motion that you can show will significantly help
get the message across.

Please see the following alert and act on it.



Tell Congress and WIPO:

No Broadcast Policy Without Representation!

Stop the WIPO Netcasters Treaty

Please forward this notice to any other concerned parties you
might know.

Please tell Congress and the US Delegation to WIPO not to
unilaterally impose communications and copyright policies by
international treaty, but through representative legislative
channels, in consultation with the constituents whose fundamental
rights these policies affect.

* Click here to send a comment to Congress:
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Seth Johnson | 7 Feb 19:56 2006

French Court Authorizes P2P Transmission as Private Copying

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Upd-discuss] French court authorizes P2P transmission
as private copying
Date: Tue,  7 Feb 2006 13:25:13 -0500
From: Elizabeth Stark <estark <at>>
To: upd-discuss <at>
CC: a2k discuss list <a2k <at>>

French judge authorizes downloading and uploading of copyrighted
content on the

February 7, 2006

Paris, France--An Internet user defended by the Association of
Audionautes (ADA) was released free of charges by the District
Court of Paris after downloading and uploading music and movies
on the Internet.

The decision, dated December 8, 2005 and made public this week,
is available online at:

Several Internet users defended by the ADA have already been
released free of charges for having downloaded copyrighted
content on Internet on the basis of the "private copying"
- Rodez Tribunal Correctionnel, October 13, 2004: Absolved of
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Seth Johnson | 3 Feb 06:00 2006

NYFU Comment for DMCA Anticircumvention Hearings

This is a comment on the class of works proposed by Edward W.
Felten and Deirdre K. Mulligan to be exempt from the prohibition
on circumvention of DRM under the DMCA.

Our comment is that the Felten-Mulligan class is drawn too
narrowly. We present an amended definition of the Felten-Mulligan
class of works, with brief arguments.

0. The class of works which should be exempt from the
Anti-Circumvention Clauses of the DMCA consists of all malicious
software, including viruses, worms, spywares, trojan horses,
remote controllers, rootkits, and more.  The phrase "malicious
software" designates programs which cause harms to a computer
and/or its owner, and which are placed on the computer against
the owner's wishes and without the owner's express consent. 
Malicious software might be delivered with a computer or be
installed later.  Some malicious software may be contained in, or
make use of, components installed as hardware.

1. Harms from not granting the exemption: Millions of home and
business computer owners have had to remove malicious software
from their computers.  Many computer owners have had credit card
numbers and bank passwords appropriated and compromised.  If the
circumvention of Technological Protective Measures preventing
malicious software from being detected, analyzed, or removed,
were illegal, then the DMCA would be used as a shield against
computer owners' rights to maintain control over their computers.

The numbers here are easy to estimate as being in the billions of
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