UNESCO Report On Globalisation Of Cultural Trade 15/03/2016 by Intellectual Property Watch 1 Comment Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new UN report provides significant detail on the increasing flows of cultural trade worldwide. On intellectual property rights, the report appears to primarily examine copyright as a form of revenue generation. The newly released report is entitled: “The Globalisation of cultural trade: a shift in consumption; international flows of cultural goods and services 2004-2013” [pdf]. It was published by the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). This report was written by Lydia Deloumeaux of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, under the direction of José Pessoa and assisted by Lisa Barbosa for data preparation and production of maps. The report describes shifts in the market for cultural goods and services over the years, which especially the rise of the internet. The report relies on industry statistics and says that almost all music revenues come from copyright. It does not seem to take into account economic gains from increasing open access, for instance. It also does not appear to explore other IP rights that might be related to cultural goods such as traditional knowledge or perhaps trademarks or patents. Nevertheless, the nearly 200-page report is chock full of data and analysis, and calls for much more research to be done. “In sum,” it says, “a large research task lies ahead of statisticians and economists when it comes to assessing copyright law in the context of digitisation and the Internet. The complex linkages between composers, creators, performers and others in the online value and distribution chain – and the way revenues are split – complicate the measurement of creative works in a new digital context.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related "UNESCO Report On Globalisation Of Cultural Trade" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.