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A World Intellectual Wealth Organisation (WIWO) has been proposed as an alternative to the World Intellectual Property Organization. It would be dedicated to the research and promotion of novel and imaginative ways to encourage the production and dissemination of knowledge.
Granting limited monopolies and limited control over some kinds of knowledge (e.g. with patents, copyrights, etc.) may be part of this new organization's tool-set, but not the only one, and maybe not even the most important one.
The proposal was published in October 2004. It is inspired by the Geneva Declaration on the Future of the World Intellectual Property Organization and came from the Free Software Foundation Europe, which is dedicated to the enhancement of free software, free content, open content and other forms of libre copyright approaches by the establishment of a new worldwide organization or through a refreshed WIPO.
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