Intellectual Property

Jukka’s definition of a signal

In the new June 21 text of the non paper they have just handed out, the Chair has proposed a definition of a signal, finally. It is take from the Brussels Convention, and reads as follows:

( ) “signal” means an electronically-generated carrier capable of transmitting programs;

This is from Article 1 of the Brussels Convention, which reads:

(i) “signal” is an electronically–generated carrier capable of transmitting programmes;

In Russian, NGO opposition to the WIPO broadcast treaty

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Broadcast treaty negotations mired “by any means”

At 9:43 PM tonight we hear that the casting discussions are stalling over the United States’ support of the inclusion of the phrase “by any means” in Jukka’s non-paper on Article 7 (Protection of Broadcasts) noting that this would be the “value added” component of any Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

Rejetez le traité des radiodiffuseurs - Déclaration Commune des ONG

Nous faisons appel aux délégués de l’OMPI pour qu’ils rejettent le Traité des Radiodiffuseurs de l’OMPI. Après plus de 9 ans de discussions, les efforts pour trouver une formulation qui adresserait le piratage sans nuire aux ayant-droits et aux utilisateurs légitime de radiodiffusion ont echoué.

Rechazo al Tratado de Radiodifusión de la OMPI - Declaración conjunta de organizaciones no gubernamentales

Invitamos a los delegados de la OMPI a que rechacen la propuesta de Tratado de Radiodifusión en la OMPI.

Después de más que 9 años de discusiones, los esfuerzos para buscar una formulación del tratado que se ocupe de la piratería de las señales de radiodifusión, pero que no dañe a los titulares de derechos de autor y a los usuarios legítimos de emisiones, han fracasado.

What can we do about the Casters’ Treaty? Pray?

Maybe by now you’ve read the Joint NGO Statement?

Joint NGO Statement: Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast
Treaty……

It’s printed on yellow paper and looks like a REAL NGO flyer opposing a treaty that in fact everyone here (except the broadcasters) cannot stand. Delegates come to me to complain that no one likes it but no one seems to dare tell!

Reject the WIPO Broadcast Treaty - Joint NGO Statement

We call upon WIPO delegates to reject the proposed WIPO Broadcast Treaty.

After more than 9 years of discussions, efforts to find a treaty formulation that deals with piracy of broadcast signals, but which does not harm copyright owners and the legitimate users of broadcasts have failed.

United States intervention to WIPO plenary (Casting negotiations)

This statement was delivered by the United States of America to the plenary of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights on Tuesday, 19 June 2007.

Thank you Mr. Chairman. The United States would like to congratulate you and your Vice-Chairs on your re-election.

WIPO Broadcasting Treaty negotiations: Slow going

Informed sources have indicated that not much progress has been made in the morning informal sessions of the SCCR today which commenced at around 11:40 AM and ended at 1 PM for lunch. It is unlikely that the plenary will reconvene today. Delegations have only been able to discuss Article 1 of Jukka Liedes’ (20 April 2007) non-paper on the objective of the proposed treaty. This article states:

Moving into Informal session

June 20, 2007
Morning session started late (10:50) and the Chair began with a 20 minutes lecture/monologue explaining the methodology (article by article), using the non paper as the “unofficial tool”, leaving the complex and controversial 15/2 document on the side even though that document is the only inclusive document, the one “that contains all the proposals” [except the Canadian proposal?].

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