[LINK] Web Dispute Resolution Policy

Glen Turner gdt at gdt.id.au
Tue Oct 13 10:14:24 AEDT 2009

On Tue, 2009-10-13 at 09:39 +1100, Stilgherrian wrote:

> How could an organisation with a building like this be anything BUT  
> friendly?
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WIPO3.JPG

I always liked Chris Masters' characterisation of these shots
as "guilty buildings" --- the TV shot you use when you can't get
an interview but still want to talk about the organisation.

The idea seems to be that this policy is incorporated into a
website's terms of use by reference. So that a MySpace or
Facebook could simply cost-shift the cost of copyright
compliance onto the copyright owner. Which is of course
the first problem, if you happen to be a copyright owner
of limited means.

Some of the conditions exceed those available under existing
law. For example: 4(B)(iii)

   you have used the complainant's intellectual property
   primarily for the purpose of disrupting the business
   of the complainant or another person

which may suit trademark holders, but certainly does not
reflect trademark law, where a movement to boycott Brand A
is perfectly allowable.

Cheers, Glen

 Glen Turner

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