Wednesday, September 13, 2006

WIPO shutting out independent voices

IFLAIt seems that WIPO is deliberately shutting out public interest groups from their meeting on the draft Broadcasting Treaty. Unlike in previous meetings of the copyright committee, NGOs have been prevented from speaking. Nor has the meeting been relayed to an overflow WIPO meeting room. What has happened to the spirit of openness that previously led to the accreditation of organisations such as the Civil Society Coalition and EDRI to the standing committee?

The International Federation of Library Associations has submitted a written briefing instead, on the specific problems of the protection of digital locks applied to broadcast content (via A2K):

At the May meting of this committee the Delegation of the European Union claimed that the provisions of the Information Society Directive represented a solution to this problem. This is also stated in the document SCCR/15/5. (p.3.)

So far TPMs have not been implemented on broadcasts, but the experience of Sound Archives is that the procedures prescribed by the Information Society Directive are too complicated and costly to be of any practical value. They are simply not compatible with modern cost effective library management. It is necessary to find other solutions if future TPM protected radio and television programmes are to be preserved for posterity.

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