Shane Coughlan produced a review of the WIPO WCT and WPPT copyright treaties for Yeshey Lham at the Intellectual Property Division (IPD) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kingdom of Bhutan.  This review was focused on the implication of the treaties for Information Technology and the emerging Information Society.

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Shane Coughlan will attend the Japan Linux Symposium between the 21st and 23rd of October.  The Symposium will be based at the Akihabara Convention Hall and is hosted by the Linux Foundation.  Speakers will include Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, and Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby.  A talk that promises to be especially interesting is ‘How to Contribute to the Linux Kernel and Why It Makes Economic Sense‘ by James Bottomley of Novell.

Shane Coughlan attended the ‘Asia-pacific Regional symposium on Copyright related aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT)‘ as a guest of the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The symposium was held between the 29th and 31st of July in Hanoi, Viet Nam.  Delegates from 13 countries were present, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Shane delivered three speeches at the event.  The first examined ‘What Are Internet Intermediaries and their Various Types?‘ from the perspective of how the Internet is currently organized.  The second contextualized the place of ‘Search Engines, User Generated Content (UGC) and Social Network Services (SNS)‘ in the economics of the digital sphere.  The third explored measurable economic value in more detail by presenting a case-study on ‘Blogging‘.

The symposium was co-chaired by Richard Owens, the WIPO Director of Copyright E-Commerce, Technology and Management Division and Takashi Imura, Deputy Director of the International Affairs Division at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.  The host was the copyright office of Viet Nam.

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