Jamie Boyle writes to announce the Adephi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property, an international group based at the Royal Society of Arts in London which is concerned with innovation in the arts, sciences and industry.
Articles in the Guardian and in the Economist (covering both Brit Pol Wings this) explain the Charter further. The Charter itself is available for download and reading (in PDF) from the Charter site.
The Charter steering committee writes:
The Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property responds to one of the most profound challenges of the 21st century:
How to ensure that everyone has access to ideas and knowledge, and that intellectual property laws do not become too restrictive.
The Charter sets out new principles for copyrights and patents, and calls on governments to apply a new public interest test.
It promotes a new, fair, user-friendly and efficient way of handing out intellectual property rights in the 21st century.
The Charter has been written by an international group of artists, scientists, lawyers, politicians, economists, academics and business experts.