Publishing information on a Web page seems like an invitation for everyone to look at it. But if international copyright lawyers have their way they could change the Net beyond recognition. The Berne Convention on copyright is due to be updated at a meeting next month to take account of technologies like the Net, and software publishers want to add clauses that will make it illegal to view a Web page unless you have permission from the page's creator. The agenda of the meeting can be found on the home page of the World Intellectual Property Organization at http://www.wipo.org/.
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