KEI’s timeline of WIPO negotiations on the treaty from 1961 to 2019 is available here.
These negotiations have been going on for many years, certainly as early as the 1997 WIPO World Symposium on Broadcasting, New Communication Technologies and Intellectual Property, in Manila, and arguably earlier. Beginning in 2017, there has been a new push to conclude the negotiations, although countries are miles apparent on substantive issues.
The 2014 KEI testimony before the House Judiciary Committee provides some historical context.
2014 KEI testimony on WIPO broadcasting treaty, to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet
See in particular the 11 page written testimony.
On November 27, 2018, KEI convened a side event at SCCR 31 – “Civil Society Views on the proposed WIPO Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations”. More information about the event can be found here.
Between October 3-4, 2018, KEI convened a seminar on Appraising the WIPO Broadcast Treaty and its Implications on Access to Culture. This seminar was webcast; presentations and videos can be found here. The written remarks of the keynote address by Professor Bernt Hugenholz can be found here.
Recent blogs on the broadcast treaty negotiation.
- 2018, November 19. US delegation circulates a new paper on the WIPO Broadcast treaty.
- 2018, May 31. Chairman Daren Tang circulates new Broadcast treaty text, and it’s bad.
- 2018, May 28. NGO letter to WIPO SCCR delegates expressing grave concerns about proposed WIPO treaty for broadcasting.
- 2019, October 23. NGO Objections to the Proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty
For more up-to-date information, see the pages for recent meetings of the WIPO SCCR.
On Thursday, 24 October 2019, KEI is hosting a side event on the margins of SCCR 39: The broadcasters right and the new streaming services: who benefits from the new rights?