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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.

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.


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 forty-third session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), which will be held at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva and via an online platform from March 13 to 17, 2023. The session will be held from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (CET) each day.


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.


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.



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.


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.