SCCR 34 Update on Progress of Broadcasting, Cablecasting and Webcasting Treaty Progress (or lack thereof?)

5:55pm Plenary May 2, 2017 We were told there will be no time for NGOs to make statements.

The Chair started the Plenary at 5:55 pm or 5 minutes before the meeting was to clse for the day.

In brief:

  • No recommendation to the GA for a Diplomatic Conference in 2018 (not ready for prime time).
  • The Chair’s text is being replaced by a “committee Text”.
  • The EU is not happy.
  • The broadcasting treaty has stalled. Again.

Here is the transcript of what we can share:

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SCCR 34 May 2, 2017 Short update

Just like since yesterday afternoon, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights has convened in informal. Some members of delegations and NGOs are staying in the main room and are listening to the discussions but cannot participate nor report on anything that is being said.

It is frustrating of course but it looks as if it will be the “new process of negotiation” for the time being. As one person said to me “secret negotiations regarding broadcasting, cablecasting and webcasting at WIPO? what could go wrong?”

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SCCR34 Statements regarding the Broadcasting Treaty


The treaty on broadcasting organizations is a high priority for the European Union and its Member States. We are strongly committed to advancing work on the various work of the previous sessions. We look forward to discussing the issues set out wherein.
We hope that further progress can be made on the basis of the revised consolidated text, on the rights to be granted and other issues that has been prepared nor this session.

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General Statements by Regional Groups regarding the Agenda of SCCR 34


COLOMBIA: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The delegation of Colombia has the honor of making this declaration on behalf of the group of Latin America and Caribbean countries. We congratulate you on the chairmanship of this important committee and we congratulate your new vice chairs.

We remember the important work of the previous chair and vice chairs. We would like to thank the Secretariat for preparation and organization of this session and also for publication of the documents for our consideration.

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WIPO SCCR 34 May 1, 2017 Day 1: Agenda and Election of New Chair and Vice Chairs

The DG, Franci Gurry, started the SCCR meeting with a summary of the issues to be discussed, some old (Broadcasting treaty, Limitations and Exceptions for libraries, archives, museum and education and for people with other disabilities) some new or “exploratory” (GRULAC proposal on copyright and digital works and resale rights):

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SCCR 33: NGOs Statements on Casting treaty in Plenary November 16, 2016

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.

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SCCR 33 November 15, 2016 Informals

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. Continue Reading

SCCR 33 Chair’s Proposal for Casting treaty on definitions, object of protection and rights

Here is the Chair’s revised consolidated text followed by his review of the text today:

Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Thirty-third Session
Geneva, November 14 to 18, 2016
prepared by the Chair

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