WIPO Workshop on Digital Identifiers and IPRs: Enabling Access to Content

4 December 2008 - A Workshop on Critical Internet Resources in Hyderabad, India


The online distribution of content offers challenging opportunities for providers and users of digital information, including content that is protected by intellectual property rights (IPR).This rapidly-changing scenario raises questions in areas such as licensing and management of IPR, and more specifically regarding the tools used to identify, distribute and manage content on the web. For example, such technologies can be used not only to provide users with information about ownership and terms and conditions of use of digital works, but also, when effectively deployed, to recognize content that is in the public domain. 

Technologies for identifying content have been improving in recent years through growing sophistication in metadata schemes and standards, enabling users to customize searches, find and access the content they need, and where appropriate, engage in flexible licensing agreements. However, much work remains to be done by both public- and private-sector stakeholders towards a digital environment that combines sustainable levels of accessibility, openness and authenticity of content from a users' perspective. Thus, as market actors promote the use of technology in business models for online content delivery, governments have a corresponding role to ensure that use of the technology also furthers cultural and democratic objectives.

The objective of this workshop is to survey, from a multi-stakeholder perspective, the existing and emerging technologies for identifying digital content, as well as the ways that digital identifiers can facilitate access to content on a global scale.

Mr. Nic Garnett, CEO, Interight, Mountain View, California

Mrs. Caroline Morgan, General Manager (Corporate Relations), Copyright Agency Limited, Sydney 

Mr. Eddan Katz, International Affairs Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, California

Mr. Richard Owens, Director, WIPO Copyright E-Commerce Technology and Management Division, Geneva

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (www.wipo.int) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. Currently its membership spans 184 countries.

This workshop, as in the case of all WIPO activities, will be an inclusive exercise which will include Governments but also academics, civil society, and the private sector. WIPO acts as a facilitator helping to maintain an ongoing dialogue between all stakeholders.