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Welcome to the A2Knetwork

Hello, and welcome to CI's new Access to Knowledge online portal - Building on the extensive expertise CI has developed in this area, this new initiative brings together those interested in the relationship between consumer rights and intellectual property.

Intellectual property is a consumer issue

The intellectual property system is often portrayed as a battleground in which the creators of content are pitted against lawless "counterfeiters" and "pirates". Multinational media companies have relied on this perception in order to push governments for stronger and yet stronger intellectual property (or IP) protection in both domestic and international law - a trend which shows no signs of abating.