June 9, 2004

Boing Boing: WIPO Broadcast Treaty: consolidated three-day notes [6:52 pm]

Cory points to the notes from the WIPO sessions here: WIPO Broadcast Treaty: consolidated three-day notes

Slashdot has the following story: Look Inside A PC-killing WIPO Treaty; (there’s yesterday’s story, too: WIPO Broadcast Treaty Creates New Legal Rights for Broadcasters)

mouthbeef writes “The Broadcast Treaty is a proposal from a WIPO Subcommittee that’s supposedly about stopping ’signal theft.’ But along the way, this proposal has turned into a huge, convoluted hairball that threatens to make the PC illegal, trash the public domain, break copyleft and put a Broadcast Flag on the Internet. The treaty negotiation process is unbelievably convoluted and hard-to-follow, and they’ve just wrapped up the latest round in Geneva. But for the first time, a really large group of “civil society” orgs were accredited to attend. Me and another EFF staffer and the Coordinator of the Union for the Public Domain created a heavily editorialized impressionistic transcript of the meeting (EFF mirror, UPD mirror), trying to untie the knots in the negotiation. This is the first time that a really exhaustive peek inside a WIPO treaty negotiation has ever been published — get it while it’s legal!”

Related; U.S. to EU on software patents: ‘We sold out, you should too’ [also via Slashdot]

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Nature Discussion: Open Scientific Literature [2:46 pm]

Access to the literature: the debate continues (RSS feed)

The Internet is profoundly changing how scientists work and publish. New business models are being tested by publishers, including open access, in which the author pays and content is free to the user. This ongoing web focus will explore current trends and future possibilities. Each week, the website will publish specially commissioned insights and analysis from leading scientists, librarians, publishers and other stakeholders, as well as key links, and articles from our archive. All content is available free.

Slashdot: Open Access To Scientific Literature: Can It Work?

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A Step Closer To Yochai’s Network [2:42 pm]

Czechs indulge in Wi-Fi swapping

Wi-Fi has reached the Czech Republic, but with one remarkable difference, according to Prague Post. Ad hoc groups such as CzFree.Net and companies like WideNet and My Net are allowing hotspot owners to swap Wi-Fi signals. You can get online for tariffs as low as 200 to 500 Kc ($7.50 to $19 per month).

Users who pay for a Wi-Fi connection can become a hotspot themselves through a variety of partnership programs that share one person’s Internet bandwidth. At present there is no government regulation to limit the reselling of Internet bandwidth. CzFree.Net, a nonprofit ad hoc community of Internet activists, allows members to freely sell connections to their neighbours. In some cases the hotspot owner gets 65 per cent of the revenue. Ideally, 10 subscribers are enough to recoup a hotspot investment.

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