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NSA: 'Principal Coordinator' of 'American IP' Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, May 7, 2014, 07:43 PM

Chairman Francis Gurry of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) gave a lecture at the University of Melbourne Law School on August 22, 2013. He was describing in detail the United Nation's strategy to manage intellectual property rights on a global scale. Yet in an eerie sense of timing, he touted the National Security Administration's (NSA) request "to designate the national security advisor as the principal coordinator for all actions on the protection of American IP."   

Francis Gurry says that, "The darker side of this State-to-State competition is espionage (which, naturally, is also a feature of enterprise-to-enterprise competition). The intensity of the rhetoric on this subject has been rapidly escalating in the recent past. General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency and Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, called the loss of industrial information and intellectual property through cyber espionage “the greatest transfer of wealth in history”.17The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property reported that “[t]he scale of international theft of American intellectual property … is unprecedented – hundreds of billions of dollars per year, on the order of the size of U.S. exports to Asia.”18 The Commission’s first recommendation was to “designate the national security advisor as the principal policy coordinator for all actions on the protection of American IP”.

Gurry described how the United Nations managed IP worldwide, by using a Russian doll analogy. He noted that a Russian doll has many layers, you open the big layer and you find a smaller doll underneath. Hence, WIPO would be the big doll that covers and manages all the smaller dolls underneath, which means sovereign governments are mere puppets of the UN doll.

According to Gurry, "The first is the maintenance of policy coherence in so many intersecting processes. Ideally, one level should fit into another like Russian dolls (with, presumably, the multilateral level being the biggest doll, not because it is the most important, but because all others should conform to it). What happens in practice is that there are, at any given moment, multiple processes taking place at multiple levels. There is a risk in this of the discussions in one process (for example, a plurilateral process like the Trans Pacific Partnership talks) holding up discussions at another level (for example, the multilateral) because an issue is not ready for decision in the first process, while the second process is coming to a conclusion31."

Last summer, former NSA employee Edward Snowden made big news by fleeing from the United States and moving to Russia. He was featured as a major news story for disclosing NSA espionage activities. During that time, Gurry was touting the Russian doll analogy for WIPO control of global IP.

To read the full text of Francis Gurry's lecture on Liberty Post, link here:

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