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WIPO SCCR Meetings on Broadcasters Treaty

CALL FOR ACTION BY ASIA-PACIFIC BROADCASTING UNION ON PROPOSED BROADCASTING TREATY

  • Broadcast piracy in the Asia-Pacific region has reached epic proportions. Nearly every large broadcaster in the Asia-Pacific region has been a victim of broadcast piracy in some form or the other. The surge in increase in incidents of broadcast piracy is particularly visible in the post COVID-19 era as there has been demands for quality content and enhancement improvements in technologies which facilitate broadcast piracy and signal theft.  Broadcast piracy severely impacts the operations of broadcasting organisations as there is little respect for the underlying content and the programme carrying signal. Content cannot exist without programme carrying signal. In simpler terms, content and program carrying signal work hand-in-hand and are complementary to each other. Broadcast piracy is particularly problematic for ABU members irrespective of the type (public or privately owned) or the size of the broadcasting organisation. For example, a broadcaster based in the remote Pacific Islands can suffer more due to the fact that they neither have the technical nor the legal expertise to combat broadcast piracy. Hence, the broadcasting treaty to protect broadcast signal from piracy is an urgent need of the hour.Recognising the urgent need for finalising the broadcasting treaty, (as outlined in the Joint Declaration On Signal Piracy Issued by ABU in 2022), ABU and its members call upon the following call of action ahead of SCCR/43:
    • Governments in the Asia-Pacific region should reaffirm the importance of the proposed broadcasting treaty by vocally expressing the need to convene a diplomatic conference as soon as possible.
    • Hold national seminars on the main provisions of the broadcasting treaty text for governments in the Asia-Pacific region.