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September 05, 2006

Wiki Community for U.S. Patents

About damn time: WikiPatent

An idea that Lessig and others have discussed for some time but now it seems like the foundations of reform may be starting to take hold. It reminds me of the recent controversy over Canada's "Captain Copyright" (see my t-shirt),a  brain-child of the Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency.

I give the copyright organization some credit, however, for at least thinking about a way to improve the current broken system of copyright in the U.S. and in Canada.

Dugard went on to detail her organization’s respect for the Wikimedia Foundation and its Wikipedia website, and said that they have even held discussions about jointly creating a sort of “public domain registry” for international copyrights. (link)

Although the communications manager for Captain Copyright didn't use the word "wiki," it sounds like WikiPatent might a first attempt at meaningful reform.

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