June 24, 2007
Filed under Health Privacy
The long-running but controversial World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) effort to craft a treaty granting new rights to broadcasters and cablecasters appears to have stalled. A recent series of diplomatic meetings in Geneva reportedly failed to make progress in bridging fundamental disagreements over approach and scope, causing negotiators to shelve plans to move forward with a formal diplomatic conference later this year. CDT believes this is a welcome development, as the idea of creating a complex new layer of intellectual-property-like rights is entirely unnecessary and poses unwarranted hurdles to the robust flow of information on the Internet.