The developing countries in three regions clarified their positions on the protection of audiovisual performances to prepare for the second session of the Committee of Experts on a Protocol Concerning Audiovisual Performances. Their consultations resulted in the formulation of concrete proposals in treaty language for the above-mentioned meeting of the Committee of Experts.
Protection of Databases
Synthesized replies to its questionnaire, drawn up in accordance with the schedule adopted by the Assemblies of Member States of WIPO, which required distribution of the results by the end of June 1998.
WIPO officials participated in meetings on the protection of databases, organized by the European Commission, non-governmental organizations (ALAI, BSA, CISAC, IPA), and academic institutions.
Preparations for the discussion on the proposed treaty to take place at the first session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights were on schedule.
Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting Organizations
Published and disseminated to Member States the proceedings of the Manila Seminar mentioned above. The publication contains detailed analysis on broadcasters as owners of related rights, the legal status of broadcast programs at the borderline of copyright and related rights, broadcasters as “users;” and convergence of communication technologies in terrestrial broadcasting, satellite broadcasting, and communication to the public by cable, digital transmissions in the Internet; and similar networks.
WIPO’s Symposium “Latin American and Caribbean Countries, on Broadcasting, New Communication Technologies and Intellectual Property” was held in February at Cancun, Mexico. WIPO financed participation from 15 countries of the region. The participants favored attempts under the aegis of WIPO to harmonize the protection of the rights of broadcasters and cable-distributors at the international level.
Comprehensive documentation on the issue and the preliminary positions of certain governments and the interested parties was distributed as a basis for the first session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights scheduled for November 1998.
Copyright, Related Rights, and Digital Technology