Reform WIPO to fulfil roll as UN special agency rather than cheerleader for business interests.

An article by Aero-News Senior Correspondent, Kevin R.C. "Hognose" O'Brien includes this view of WIPO.

Air France took the dispute to the corporate-friendly halls of WIPO. In a previous dispute in 2001, WIPO failed to allow Lockheed Martin to suppress "" and "," but since then WIPO has more consistently taken positions critical of free speech and hostile to corporate critics.

We need to remember that WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, and as such should be fulfilling a roll that is consistent with that of the United Nations which should include protection of the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This should mean a protection of article 19 (freedom of expression) and article 27 (cultural rights, creators' rights) against attacks by special business interests. The need for WIPO reform should be obvious, and if the Canadian government were interested in protecting human rights it would back the Development Agenda to reform WIPO rather than opposing required reform.