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Legal Department

The ABU Legal Division (LD) provides a wide range of services anchored on its mission to protect, promote and advance the rights and interests of ABU and its Members in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

The ABU Technology Department continues to work closely with the WBU Technical Committee WBU-TC and WBU-ISOG group. Currently the major issues are spectrum, Integrated Broadband Broadcast, net neutrality, and the future of broadcasting. ABU Technology is working on the Digital Radio Handbook for WBU-TC.

IP & Legal Committee

The Intellectual Property & Legal Committee) was founded in 1994 in the wake of the digital era to protect and advance the rights and interests of broadcasters in the various international negotiations on copyright issues that are conducted in forums like the WIPO.

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Upcoming SCCR Meeting

The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was set up in the 1998-1999 biennium to examine matters of substantive law or harmonization in the field of copyright and related rights. The 39th Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) is scheduled to take place from October 21 – October 25, 2019 at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WIPO Broadcasters

ABU is a part of World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) and also a committee of the WBU-WIPO Broadcaster Treaty Working Group. The committee goals are to address the issue of supporting activities at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and elsewhere that will lead to the establishment of a Broadcaster Treaty, providing rights and protections to broadcasters that are currently lacking at the international level and are urgently needed.

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Purpose & Function

The Committee felt that there was a need to discuss the broader legal issues surrounding broadcasters as technologies advance and the fundamentals of the broadcasting industry are constantly challenged and is open to all ABU Full, Additional Full and Associate members.

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Publications

The Legal Division regularly contributes legal articles to ABU's Quarterly News. The ABU Legal Division has also launched a fortnightly E - Bulletin summarizing recent case - laws and legal developments in the Asia - Pacific region related to media and broadcasting.

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Legal Division

The ABU Legal Division actively promotes and advocates the protection of broadcast signal against theft or piracy through seminars, workshop, multi-lateral forums & exchanges of vital information with regional broadcasting unions and industry associations.

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OUR EXPERTISE

The Legal Division and the ABU Intellectual Property & Legal Committee (IPLC) are working closely to ensure that the rights of ABU Members are amply protected and enhanced through the adoption of a new international treaty. Similar initiatives are being done at the local or national level.

  • Assists in providing legal information and research material
  • Represents the ABU at the World Intellectual Property Organization
  • A platform to discuss relevant intellectual property rights issues

Connect with us

The Legal Department of the ABU undertakes wide range of activities addressing the current needs of the members. Connect with the Legal Department of ABU.

Address: Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
2nd Floor, IPPTAR Building, Angkasapuri 50614, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Email: info@abu.org.my

Phone: +603 2282 3592
Fax: +603 2282 5292

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