[From Richard Stallman, Union for the Public
From: "Richard Stallman" <rms@...
To: "Union for the Public Domain"
Subject: [Upd-discuss] Copyright has no purpose
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 21:25:48 -0500
The UNCTAD Expert Meeting on Free and Open
was held in
Geneva in September 2004, was graced by a visit
Senior Legal Officer of the copyright department
She made a
most amazing statement:
Copyright does not have a purpose.
Lest people misunderstand, I should explain that
did not mean
to say that copyright is pointless, or that the
recent extensions of copyright power have no
she meant was that the public should not ask that
particular purpose, and particularly not a
purpose for the
Ms Jones asks us to think of copyright as
exists, the way earthquakes and hurricanes exist.
question, so we are supposed to accept the
copyright system--both the present ones, and the
megacorporations regularly ask for--without
In other words, WIPO says, "Don't ask us to
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Zapopan Mart�n Muela Meza
PhD student Information Studies
Department of Information Studies
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
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