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Intellectual Property and the Developing World

Just an FYI:

In the latest issue of ACP-EU's The Courier, there is a section on Intellectual Property and how current developments affect least developed countries (LDCs).

This article attempts to cover a lot of ground in just 2 pages, but it raises interesting issues and is very positive and pro-active in offering solutions to the huge information gap between industrialized and developing countries.

From the introduction:

Most users in developing countries will not be able to pay for or subscribe to commercial licenses. But there is an enormous amount of intellectual property that belongs to governments and non-profit institutions. Much of this is as good as its commercial counterparts in fulfilling basic and even advanced information needs in LDCs, but it needs to be released and distributed in a more efficient and general way.