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SCCR31 Morning Discussion on Definitions of Retransmission

Day 2 of SCCR31. The morning session was well attended and took place in the "old" and smaller meeting room. Delegates and NGOs can see each other in this room and it was leading to quite a bit of diplomacy and thus most probably consensus. Here is a selection of interventions regarding definitions of retransmission as stated in the Chair's text under discussion:

(d) (1) “retransmission” means the transmission by any means of a broadcast [/cablecast] by any other entity than the original broadcasting [/cablecasting] organization, whether

SCCR 31 Day 1. Statement of India regarding the broadcasting treaty

The Delegation of India made the following elegant but extremely to the point statement:

Opening Statement by India on the Broadcasting Treaty at the 31st session of the Standing Committee Copyright and Related Rights at WIPO on 7 December 2015, delivered by Dr. Sumit Seth, First Secretary (Economic)

Thank your Mr. Chairman

SCCR 31 Day 1. Debate on Definitions for Broadcasting & Cablecasting Treaty

DAY 1 (12/7/15) SCCR 31 Re Definitions

This is the text the member states are dicussing this afternoon:

For the purposes of this Treaty:

(a) “signal” means an electronically generated carrier capable of transmitting a broadcast or
cablecast encrypted or not which carries the programmed output of a broadcasting organization.


(b) (1) “broadcasting” means the transmission by wireless means for reception by the
public of sounds or of images or of images and sounds or of the representations thereof, such

SCCR 31 Check out the Text for Broadcasting & Cablecasting Treaty

At the close of the last meeting (June 29 to July 3, 2015), the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) requested that the Chair prepare for its next session (December 7 to 11, 2015) a "consolidated text" with respect to 1) definitions, 2) object of protection, and 3) rights to be granted for the proposed treaty for the protection of broadcasting and cablecasting organizations.

Western or Fairy Tales? Global Copyright Policies & Info Soc VII Seminary, Curitiba Brazil

Here is my presentation at the VII Seminary Internacional Sobre Sociedade Da Informacao E Propriedade intelectual organized by Professor Marcos Wachowicz, Universidade Do Parana and Professor Jose Augusto Fontoura Costa, Universidade De Sao Paulo. Participants --all experts in copyrights-- were from Spain, Portugal and Brazil and the discussions were lively and informative. Great copyright event in Curitiba, Brazil.

SCCR 30: Resale right proposal on the table?

Today on the last day of the SCCR 30, under Agenda Item 9 “Other Matters” Congo-Brazzaville asked for the floor to propose that the WIPO Copyright and Related Right Committee start working on the Resale Right, a fundamental right for authors of graphic and plastic arts. This economical rights consists of a small percentage of the resale price that art market professionals pay to artists at each resale of their works be it in auction or in a gallery.


SCCR 30 End of Session on the Broadcasters’ Treaty: Snail pace to -almost- reach consensus

July 1, 2015 2d Morning Session

The morning started and ended with the clear impression that there was no consensus on whether definitions are needed or not regarding broadcasting organizations or broadcasting itself. Still, Romania and the Central European States and Balkans group as well as the Russian Federation were calling for text-based work and were talking about “a road map to a diplomatic conference.”

SCCR 30 Efforts to wordsmith definition fall short

July 1, 2015 day 3

This morning, the SCCR continued with the discussion regarding two important definitions--definition of beneficiaries: who are they? How do you define a broadcaster? And also of course what is the definition of the act of broadcasting.

On day 2 at SCCR 30, Anne Leer tells delegates to make broadcasters happy, extend treaty to Internet

Anne Leer is the WIPO Deputy Director General for Culture and Creative Industries Sector, where she leads WIPO’s activities in the field of copyright and related rights. Not a familiar figure at WIPO, she joined the organisation in December 2014, coming from the commercial side of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In addition to the BBC, she had previously worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, and Financial Times/Pearson and Prentice Hall.

SCCR 30 The European Union on the Broadcasting treaty (thumbs up) and the L&E (thumbs down)

Not surprising: the European Union statement re the agenda:

SCCR30 Is the (zombie) broadcasting treaty back?

Day 1 of SCCR 30 Information Session

Find a few Juicy bits from the long "Information Session on Broadcasting" that started this morning and was continued way passed the planned time of 4pm. It was also the least balanced panel I have ever seen at a WIPO SCCR. A handful of broadcasters, one media analyst, one journalist at the BBC, the WIPO Secretariat represented by Ann Leer (who worked for Paramount, Oxford University Press, BBC, and Financial Times/Pearson and the BBC).

Basically there was no one remotely critical of the proposed treaty nor any public interest representative.

SCCR 30 June 29: Agenda for the week and Group Statements re Broadcasting and L&Es

SCCR 30 Day 1 June 29, 2015

The SCCR 30 started with the same industry representatives we usually meet here: the MPA, FIJ, IAF, CISAC, Croplife, IFPI, ABA etc... There are also quite a large group of library and archives representatives (IFLA, eifl, Archives etc). However there are many empty chairs for the public interest or pro development NGOs. Some might arrive later?

UACT Comments to DHHS on WHA: Agenda Item 13.4 Assessment of Progress in Prevention & Control of NCDs

To prepare for the upcoming 68th World Health Assembly (WHA), the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services held a Stakeholder Listening Session on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 10:30am - 12pm in the HHS Humphrey Building - 200 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20201. All Agenda items for the upcoming WHA are here:

Letter from KEI to USPTO regarding implementation of Beijing Treaty

On May 5, 2015, KEI sent a letter to the USPTO regarding the implementation of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The letter focuses on concerns that KEI and others have expressed that a treaty implementation by amendment of 17 U.S. Code § 1101, regarding the "Unauthorized fixation and trafficking in sound recordings and music videos," creates problems, because the statute involves a right that is perpetual and not subject to normal copyright exceptions.

A few reactions to the USTR Special 301 Hearing

On Wednesday February 24, 2015, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Special 301 Committee held its annual public meeting following written comments sent earlier by trade associations, corporations and a few public interest groups that follow trade and intellectual property.

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