The broadcast treaty stalled by WIPO General Assembly
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The General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
has decided that the very controversial proposed treaty on the protection of
broadcasting organizations, including cablecasting organizations, must be
approved by two more meetings before being put for discussion in a
diplomatic conference established to take place from 19 November to 7
The General Assembly considered these two meetings as necessary to achieve
enough consensus among member states, as India, US and Brazil had
objected to introducing the treaty immediately to a conference.
Addressing the General Assembly, Robin Gross, executive director of IP
Justice, said: “A diplomatic conference is now contingent upon member states
reaching consensus where there are currently great differences such as the
inclusion of anti-circumvention measures in the treaty and outlawing
Internet retransmissions of programs.”
Discussions will continue in the January 2007 meeting at WIPO and in June
2007 at a meeting held along with a preparatory meeting for the Diplomatic
The proposed treaty creates a new right for broadcasters on the content of
broadcasts, even if the creator of the content is a third party. However
this might lead to the situation when the creators no longer have permanent
control over the content for which they have copyright.
The 2007 conference will define the scope of a future treaty, as well as the
duration of any protection granted.
This decision of the General Assembly is encouraging, showing that WIPO is
not a simple tool in the hands of the industries.
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protection of broadcasting organizations (2.10.06)
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WIPO broadcast treaty abandons rights-based approach (3.10.06)
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EDRI-gram : Opposition to draft WIPO Broadcast Treaty (13.09.06)