WIPO Update


Subject: WIPO Update
From: Barbara Schleihagen (Eblida@nblc.nl)
Date: ma 23 marras 1998 - 16:48:52 EET


Dear list subscribers,

Here a copy of the WIPO Update of 10 November (http://www.wipo.int/):

COMPLETION OF THE FIRST SERIES OF DISCUSSIONS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON
COPYRIGHT

The discussions conducted by 86 Member States of WIPO and 47
intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations on issues of copyright
and related rights were completed today at WIPO. The following matters were
addressed:

1. Protection of audiovisual performances

The advisability of a Protocol to the WIPO Performances and Phonograms
Treaty (WPPT) concerning audiovisual performances or an independent treaty
remains an ongoing issue. However, it was decided that a comparative table
of the various proposals made by Governments and by the European Community
as of 28 February 1999 would be drawn up to facilitate forthcoming
discussions. Additionally, to enable participants to continue their
exchange of views in more detail, regional consultation meetings will be
convened on 3 May 1999 and discussions would be continued at the next
session of the Standing Committee to be held in Geneva from 4 to 11 May
1999. The Assemblies of Member States of WIPO to be held in September 1999
could then decide on the holding of a Diplomatic Conference.

2. Protection of Databases

Delegations stressed the need to pursue discussions and agreed on a study
of the economic impact of database protection on developing countries, with
special emphasis on the impact on the least developed countries.
Additionally, to enable participants to continue their exchange of views in
more detail, regional consultations will be held as from April 1999 in the
form of seminars or roundtables.

3. Protection of the rights of broadcasting organizations

The Governments expressed their support for the protection of broadcasting
organizations. They invited the intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations to submit their various proposals by the end of March 1999 to
constitute a basis for discussion at the next session of the Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights to be held in Geneva from 4 to 11
May 1999. Additionally, to enable participants to continue their exchange
of views in more detail, regional consultations are also to be held as from
April 1999 in the form of seminars or roundtables.

For more detailed information, please contact the Media Relations and Public
Information Section of WIPO:

Tel.: (+41 22) 338 98 24 or 338 95 47
Fax: (+41 22) 338 88 10
E-mail: publicinf@wipo.int

Best wishes,
Barbara Schleihagen

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EBLIDA
Barbara Schleihagen, Director
Heidi Hogan, EU Policy Officer
P.O. Box 43300
NL-2504 AH The Hague
Tel: +31-70-309 06 08
Fax: +31-70-309 07 08
email: eblida@nblc.nl
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