Librarians lobby for change in global copyright

From Library Journal:

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) met in Geneva, and a group of librarians and other copyright advocates aimed to urge WIPO to change. WIPO, a global body that sets standards regulating the production, distribution and use of knowledge, has focused too much on enforcing the rights of copyright conglomerates in the digital age, critics argue, to the detriment of developing nations and individual creators. In a lengthy petition now circulating on library electronic discussion lists, advocates for more balance in world copyright enforcement blasted what they call “a global crisis in the governance of knowledge, technology and culture.” The petition has been endorsed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Special Libraries Association, among other groups …

Complete article. More information on the Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization is here.