WIPO SCCR Meetings on Broadcasters Treaty
Summary of the Previous Meetings 38th WIPO SCCR (1st till 5th April, 2019) The Thirty-Eight Session of the WIPO SCCR commenced on April 1st, 2017 and lasted till April 5th, 2019. This meeting was opened by Mr. Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General who welcomed the participants. Ms. Michele Woods, Director of the Copyright Law Division of WIPO acted as Secretary.
The Committee elected Mr. Daren Tang Heng Shim as Chair and Mr. Abdoul Aziz Dieng and Mr. Peter Labody as Vice-Chairs for the period beginning with the opening of SCCR/38 until the opening of SCCR/42.
The Committee approved the accreditation as SCCR observers of the non-governmental organizations referred to in the Annex to document SCCR/38/2 REV., namely PLR International (PLRI), Radyo Televizyon Yayincilari Meslek Birligi (RATEM), and Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) and also approved the draft report of its thirty-seventh session.
The Committee considered document SCCR/37/8 prepared by the Chair, entitled Revised Consolidated Text on Definitions, Object of Protection, and Rights to be Granted and Other Issues. The Committee also considered previously considered documents SCCR/37/2, entitled Proposal from Argentina, from the Delegation of Argentina and SCCR/37/7, entitled Proposal of the United States of America on the Scope and Implementation of Rights, WIPO Draft Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, from the Delegation of the United States of America, as well as new textual proposals presented by several delegations during the deliberations. Discussions were held in informal sessions of the Committee. The Committee continued discussions on definitions, object of protection, rights to be granted and other issues, with a view to further clarifying various technical issues and delegations’ positions. Following these discussions, the Chair prepared a revised version of document SCCR/37/8 to reflect his understanding of the state of discussions (document SCCR/38/10). An agreement was reached on the following Recommendation to the WIPO General Assembly (WIPO/GA/59): In view of the steady progress made in recent SCCR sessions, the GA invites the SCCR to continue its work towards convening a diplomatic conference for the adoption of a treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations, aiming for the 2020/2021 biennium, subject to Member States reaching consensus in the SCCR on the fundamental issues, including specific scope, object of protection and rights to be granted.
A progress report on the work pursuant to the Action Plan – Libraries, Archives, and Museums in document SCCR/36/7, Action Plans on Limitations and Exceptions Through SCCR/39 (2nd Meeting in 2019), was given by the Secretariat. Planning of the three regional seminars called for in the action plan (item 5) is underway, and the regional seminars will be held before SCCR/39. A progress report on the work done pursuant to the Action Plan – Libraries, Archives, and Museums will be given at SCCR/39.
A progress report on the work pursuant to the Action Plan – Educational and Research Institutions and Persons with Other Disabilities in document SCCR/36/7, Action Plans on Limitations and Exceptions Through SCCR/39 (2nd Meeting in 2019), was given by the Secretariat. Planning of the three regional seminars called for in the action plan (item 3) is underway, and the regional seminars will be held before SCCR/39. A progress report on the work done pursuant to the Action Plan – Educational and Research Institutions and Persons with Other Disabilities will be given at SCCR/39. This item will be maintained on the agenda of the thirty-ninth session of the SCCR.
Regarding the topic of Copyright in the Digital Environment, the Committee received an update from the Secretariat on the study on digital music services. A further update will be given at SCCR/39. Regarding the topic of Artist’s Resale Royalty Right, the Secretariat presented an update on the ongoing work of the Task Force on the Artist’s Resale Royalty Right. A further update will be given at SCCR/39.Regarding the topic of Strengthening the Protection of Theatre Directors’ Rights, the Committee welcomed the interim report on the study on the protection of theatre directors’ rights presented via videoconference by study authors Professors Anton Sergo and Ysolde Gendreau, and representatives of the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property Rector Ivan Bliznets and Deputy Head of the Copyright Department Viktoriia Savina.
The next session of the Committee will take place from October 21-25, 2019.
Upcoming SCCR Meetings
39th Standing Committee on 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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