Expressions of Folklore

Subject: Expressions of Folklore
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: pe 12 syys   1997 - 17:19:42 EEST

Dear list members,

At the WIPO Permanent Committee of 10 September 1997 it was announced
that WIPO is looking into the possibility of establishing a sui generis
right for the protection of expressions of folklore.

In April 1997 WIPO and UNESCO organised a worldwide Forum on Folklore to
discuss the legal means of protection of folklore in national law,
economic exploitation of these rights and international protection.

A WIPO Committee of Experts has been established and a Committee meeting
will be held in September/October 1997.

It was stressed that in a digital context expressions of folklore can be
used more easily and needs therefore appropriate protection.

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra

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