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Re: [Esp-action-alert] Brazil and Argentina info sought forhttp://en.swp

From: Reinier Bakels
Subject: Re: [Esp-action-alert] Brazil and Argentina info sought for
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 19:18:48 -0000

Actually I don't have the faintest idea what is happening there in the field of swpats, but I do know that Brazil plays an essential role in the worldwide development of "intellectual property", as a leader of lesser developed nations. Recently I read a very intesting article that Brazil actually plays this role since the 1960s.

The essence is that "intellectual property" is used as a moden-day form of colonialism: to enable a licence fee flow from lesser developed countries into the indusyrialised nations, notably the USA. <cynical>Preferably, thus all development aid should flow back into the donor nations.</cynical>

For swpats, the situation is similar, but worse. In this field, Europe is actually considered a "colony" of the US: Europe should pay for the blessings of Bill Gates' creative genius. Of course we all know that the only actual superiority of the US is its agressiveness in patent law!

In sum, let's fight 21-th century colonialism together. In July, I go to Geneva again, hopefully to get a better insight what countries like Brazil are doing.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Ciaran O'Riordan" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 3:03 PM
Subject: [Esp-action-alert] Brazil and Argentina info sought for

Dear supporters,

The wiki is growing, but there's not much information about Latin
America so I've chosen Brazil and Argentina for the first in a series of
spotlights.  What sort of information should be added to the wiki?

* Info about who's pressuring LA to have swpats - free trade? world trade?
* Problems caused by swpats
* Explanations of existing laws
* Proposals to change the law
* Court cases
* Studies and reports about the cost of swpats
* Contact details for groups that are active against swpats
* Info about whether patent offices are granting swpats

Here are the pages I've started so far, but they're all very short:

You can help by contributing to these pages.  You can also help by sending
me information - preferably in English, but I can read some Spanish and a
little Portuguese.

The wiki content is in English, but there are pages for discussion in other

Next week the spotlight will be on New Zealand, where a there is a
legislative proposal to modify the patent law:

CiarĂ¡n O'Riordan, +32 487 64 17 54,

Software patents wiki:
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