ZDNet UK: Government Body Says Developing Countries Need Open Source
Sep 13, 2002, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Developing countries should look at open-source software and
should avoid legislation designed to stop anti-copying measures
being circumvented, a government-backed group of influential
experts will warn on Monday.
"In its report, called Integrating Intellectual Property Rights
and Development Policy, the Commission on Intellectual Property
Rights will encourage developing countries to take a stand against
unfair copyright measures affecting online media, and against
software pricing that puts products beyond the reach of many
"The commission, an independent body set up by the UK government
in 2001, includes on its board Professor John Barton of Stanford
Law School and Professor John Enderby, vice president of the Royal
Society. Other members include Daniel Alexander, a barrister
specialising in intellectual property law, Professor Carlos Correa
of the University of Buenos Aries in Argentina, and Dr Ramesh
Mashelkar, director general of the Indian Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research and secretary to the Indian government's
Department of Scientific and Industrial Research..."