Monday, November 10, 2008

WIPO Copyright Activity

The week long SCCR meeting at WIPO has just concluded and William New reports on it in some detail here.

The proposed broadcasters' rights treaty is still on the table, as is the propsoed audiovisual performances treaty.

The good news is that there appears to be solid interest in exceptions and limitations, and a possible treaty concerning the rights and needs of blind persons.

The latter is a concrete project that could have a positive outcome in a finite time, and would be a good example of what WIPO can do well and why a revitalized WIPO is essential to a balanced international IP system.


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