[A2k] WIPO General Assembly 2014: KEI statement on Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

Elizabeth Rajasingh elizabeth.rajasingh at keionline.org
Wed Sep 24 14:08:03 PDT 2014


On Wednesday, 24 September 2014, Knowledge Ecology International delivered
this intervention on agenda item 15, Matters Relating to the Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR):

WIPO General Assembly 2014

15. Matters Relating to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related
Rights (SCCR)

Statement of Knowledge Ecology International

Knowledge Ecology International opposes further work on the treaty for the
protection of broadcasting organizations. Broadcasters claim they need the
treaty to address signal theft. If that was true, the broadcasters would
accept something that did not extend to post fixation rights. We believe
the broadcasting lobby is looking for economic rights in content they did
not create and do not own, and this will come at the expense of copyright
holders and consumers.

KEI is also concerned that no one at WIPO can explain how the broadcast
treaty will impact the distribution of income between copyright holders,
and national and big international broadcasting entities. If the treaty
shifts money from most countries to a handful of giant cable and TV channel
owners, it will be a step backwards,- a sort of an anti-reform. On top of
all this, some want to impose this poorly conceived treaty on the Internet,
imposing all sorts of new liabilities for the sharing of information.

KEI does support work at the SCCR on copyright limitations and exceptions,
including work on binding treaties setting out minimum standards for
exceptions, but also, in addition, work on a revision of the Tunis Model
Law for developing countries.

It may be possible to the SCCR to reach timely consensus on the minimum
copyright limitations and exceptions for preservation and archiving, two
important functions that have global cross border benefits, and which are
mature enough to justify norm setting.

The SCCR should pose research questions for the Office of the Chief
Economist, on the question of the impact of long copyright terms on
performers, book publishers and consumers.

Thank you.

The END.

Elizabeth Rajasingh
Perls Fellow, Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009
elizabeth.rajasingh at keionline.org | 1-202-332-2670

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