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Stolen EFF docs at WIPO negotiations

The EFF is doing a great job trying to prevent bad law from being created at a global level. There’s a bizzare story of EFF docs being stolen and trashed to prevent their message getting out. Cory writes:

We ended up posting a guard over the table — thanks to Rufus Pollock from the Campaign for Digital Rights for yeoman duty! — and rescuing our papers from the trash and from reserve stashes. Unfortuately, we couldn’t make any more copies because the UN Secretariat — who administers logistics — has announced that as of this meeting, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can no longer have their materials photocopied by WIPO.

Well, of course. WIPO can’t be sure who owns the copyrights on those pages. As Mr. Gibson said, the future is already here, its just unevenly distributed.