Submitted Proposals

Organization: World Intellectual Property Organization
Title :
27. WIPO Workshop on Digital Identifiers and IPRs: Enabling Access to Content
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

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.
Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

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

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ( 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.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
The selection of the speakers will be driven by multi-stakeholder and geographic diversity principles. The aim is to provide a comprehensive survey on emerging issues related to tools used for managing distribution of the main categories of online content (text based, audiovisual, music). The analysis will include the different perspectives of business, internet intermediaries, users and public bodies.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop will fully address issues encompassed under the IGF’s mandate, particularly regarding paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda, including:  d, “Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities”;  g. “Identify emerging issues, bring them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendation”; and  k. “Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users” (emphasis added).

As stated in item 2, this meeting will offer an unique opportunity to survey, from a multi-dimensional perspective, the existing and emerging technologies for identifying digital content, as well as the ways digital identifiers can facilitate the access to content on a global scale.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
WIPO Information Seminar on Rights Management Information (Geneva, September 17, 2007) ( WIPO Seminar on Copyright and Internet Intermediaries (Geneva, April 18, 2005)( Online Forum on Intellectual Property in the Information Society (June 1-15, 2005)(
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?