WIPO Diplomatic Conference Opens in Beijing to Conclude Treaty on Performers’ Rights in Audiovisual Productions
The World Intellectual Property Organisation is currently convening a Diplomatic Conference in Beijing, China that is aimed at concluding a Treaty for the Protection of Audiovisual Performances. The negotiation and conclusion of treaties in the field of intellectual property is one of the mandate of the WIPO. The Draft treaty for the Protection of Performers’ rights to Audiovisual Productions has been negotiated within the framework of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights for the past eleven years. The proposed treaty is an attempt to bridge the gap that was left when performer’s rights to their productions were not included in the two WIPO internet treaties, namely the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). The conclusion and adoption of this draft treaty will be a milestone in the international copyright system as performers will, for the first time, have control and great latitude in the distribution of their works. Detailed information on the proceedings of the Conference can be accessed here. A live webcast of the proceedings at the Conference can be accessed here.
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