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NGOs Statements on Casting treaty in Plenary November 16, 2016
The representatives from broadcasting organizations association might be over-reaching again and are asking for copyright like rights, right to prohibit and authorize, re-transmission on the internet, post fixation rights, up to 50 year terms....the NGOs had strong words, warning of unintended consequences for copyright owners, journalists and the larger public and user of the internet.
November 15, 2016 SCCR 33
The SCCR 33 morning session was not held in plenary but in an "informal"setting meaning a limited number of delegates could be in the negotiating room. NGOs and some delegates can hear the negotiations and read the document under discussion but we cannot report on it. The informals continues in the afternoon. I believe it is fair to say it is still about agenda item 5 Protection of broadcasting organizations.
Hopefully, when the "conclusions" are presented in plenary, we will be able to report on the progress if any of the negotiations.
Here is the Chair's revised consolidated text followed by his review of the text today:
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Geneva, November 14 to 18, 2016
REVISED CONSOLIDATED TEXT ON DEFINITIONS, OBJECT OF PROTECTION, AND RIGHTS TO BE GRANTED
prepared by the Chair
SOUTH AFRICA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and we'd like to welcome you to the committee again. We'd like to align ourself to the statement made by Nigeria. Like many other countries in this room, we're also keen to see tangible progress in the committee in line with the 2007 mandate to address signal piracy.
UNITED STATES: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, AND THANK YOU, MR. Chairman for all of your hard work in preparing for this meeting, and the same sentiment, of course, to the Secretariat. And Deputy Director General Sylvie Forbin, welcome to the SCCR. We certainly get to have you with us as we continue our work.
On behalf of the U.S. Delegation, we have come prepared for this session of the SCCR to work on the Chairman's draft consolidated text on definitions, objective protection and rights to be granted. It looks like a comprehensive framework for discussion.
> IRAN: Thank you, Mr. Chair. Since this is the first time I take the floor, I would like to join others in congratulating you for chairing this very important committee. We also thank the Secretariat for preparation of the meeting.
My Delegation, associates itself with the statement delivered by the distinguished Delegation of India on behalf of the ACR and the Pacific Group.
November 14, 2016
>> EUROPEAN UNION: Thank you, Chairman. The treaty on protecting broadcasting organizations is a high priority for the European Union and its Member States. We are strongly committed to advancing work on the various issues identified in previous committee sessions.
We, therefore, look forward to further progress on the basis of the revised consolidated text on definitions, object of protection, and rights to be granted which you prepared for this session.
Chris Friend for the WBU delivered the following statment:
>> WORLD BLIND UNION: Thank you, Mr. Chair, and it gives me great pleasure, recognizing the central role that you had in concluding the negotiations at the diplomatic conference in June 2013. It's a great pleasure for me to congratulate you for your continued Chairing of this important Standing Committee.
November 14, 2016
General Statements from CEBS, the Africa Group, Group B, China and the E.U.
November 14, 2016.
General Statements on the SCCR 33 agenda items
>> INDIA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. India has the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the Asia and Pacific group in this 33rd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Asia and Pacific Group would like to express its confidence in your experience and your leadership skills. We are confident that your hard work and diligence will yield desired results and help this committee reach a mutual understanding on all outstanding issues.
Monday November 14, 2016
Speaking on behalf of the American University programme on information justice and Intellectual Property. And I speak as an educator myself and also on behalf of a larger network that I coordinate called the global expert network on user rights which is a network of educators.
KEI Statement SCCR 32 Day 4 on "Orphan works" and Libraries and Archives
I will be speaking here as a user of libraries and archives and as a user of out of print and orphan works for my past academic work and my research today.
On Monday, March 7, 2016, from 1:45 P.M. to 2:45 P.M., the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) met with invited stakeholders in a briefing at the White House on the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the implementation package that was sent to Congress on February 29, 2016. The package was submitted for review to the Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary Committees.
MICHELE WOODS: Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, 31st session, Geneva, December 7 to 11, 2015. Summary by the Chair.
Agenda item 1. Opening of the session. The 31st session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights SCCR or Committee was opened by Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General who welcomed the participants and opened agenda item 2.
Ms. Michele Woods, WIPO, acted as secretary.