WIPO Committee Tackles Program, Budget Issues

WIPO - Catherine Saez (7)

The World Intellectual Property Organization Program and Budget Committee (PBC) is meeting this week with a full agenda of issues relating to planning for the next biennium as well as management matters.

Study Documents Public Domain’s Importance To Innovation And Creativity

Title page of William Shakespeare's First Folio 1623

An academic research project on the value of the public domain has documented its importance to innovation and creativity. In one empirical study in the project, it was shown that use of the public domain boosts crowd-funding efforts by innovators. The study was discussed recently at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Panel: Paradigm Shift In Film Watching Has Created Need For New Finance, Distribution Models

FIAPF panellists at SCCR

People are becoming increasingly mobile. With that, there are new expectations and needs. Video-on-demand industry experts told a recent event at the World Intellectual Property Organization that this represents a “change of paradigm,” requiring new models for financing and distributing films.

Copyright And The Public Interest: Not Necessarily Competing Forces

Neil Turkewitz

Copyright protection advances the public interest, and good public policy must properly consider “the role of intellectual property as a tool for economic emancipation, a catalyst for cultural diversity, and a powerful protector of individual dignity and fundamental human rights,” argues RIAA’s Neil Turkewitz.

South Africa Says WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Would Address Piracy As African Production Grows

Aynon Doyle, technical expert for the South Africa delegation at SCCR

As the broadcasting sector is growing in developing countries, concern over piracy of the signal of their broadcasts is rising, according to delegates from South Africa. Delegates attending last week’s World Intellectual Property Organisation copyright committee meeting sat down with Intellectual Property Watch and argued the importance of a potential WIPO treaty protecting broadcasting organisations’ rights.

No Directions For WIPO Copyright Committee, Despite Positive Mood

WIPO - Catherine Saez (2)

Despite what was described as good momentum by World Intellectual Property Organization delegates trying to find ways to protect broadcasting organisations against piracy and providing copyright exceptions and limitations for the benefit of libraries, archives, education and research, no recommendation to the upcoming annual WIPO General Assembly could be agreed last week.

Broadcasting Treaty Discussions Open Way To New Convergence On Broad Principles

WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

World Intellectual Property Organization delegates this week have underlined the positive mood which governed the discussions on a potential treaty protecting broadcasting organisations. The topic has been on the agenda of WIPO’s committee on copyright for some 17 years. This week some convergence emerged notably on what the treaty should protect.

Copyright Exceptions And Limitations: Efforts By Chair To Break Status Quo Gather Support

SCCR - 3 - June 2015

Yesterday, the chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright issued a non-official paper to delegates in an effort to break what appeared at the beginning of the session as status quo as delegations camped on their previous positions.

At WIPO, Performers Make Case For More Help, Visual Artists Seek Resale Right

music performance by Sväng

While the World Intellectual Property Organization committee on copyright was discussing the protection of broadcasting organisations this week, performers lobbied for fair remuneration in the digital age. Visual artists, for their part, campaigned member states for a new treaty to be considered to protect their resale rights. Image Credits: Rishi Dhir

Report: New Technologies For Visually And Hearing Impaired People Lack Commercialisation

Side event at the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. Photo credit: Catherine Saez

A World Intellectual Property Organization patent landscaping report launched this week shows that although a large number of patents have been granted on technologies aimed to help visually and hearing impaired persons, most of them have not been commercialised yet.