[A2k] 33rd SCCR: CIS Statement on the Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations
anubha at cis-india.org
Wed Nov 16 06:28:34 PST 2016
"Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The Centre for Internet and Society is a civil society organisation from
India. We would like to associate ourselves with the statements made by
KEI and Karisma Foundation.
First, Mr. Chair, on SCCR/33/5 Note on the Draft Treaty to Protect
is a document presented by the delegations of Argentina, Colombia and
Mexico – which was flagged off as relevant for SCCR/33/3
Mr. Chair, this document is problematic as it in essence, tries to
extend the scope of the treaty to apply to internet-originated content,
and thus by extension internet transmissions. This manifested in the
push for protection of on-demand material and catch-up services as well
in the discussions over the past two days.
Mr. Chair, I’d like to reeiterate that the mandate of the General
Assembly was confined to broadcasting and cablecasting organizations in
the traditional sense; the definition of broadcasting, protected by the
scope of the Treaty, should as such be limited to the type of
transmission exploited by traditional broadcasters – as stated by the
delegation of Iran.
Further, Mr. Chair where as EU, China, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico
continue to speak of technological advancements to justify expansion of
rights under the treaty, there has still been no discussion on the
inadequacy of existing international legal instruments to address these
technological advancements, to justify the broadcasters’ ask of an
Finally, reiterating the Asia-pacific group, the canvassing of this
treaty should be balanced: it should take into account commercial
interests in copyright and right holders, and equally important, it
should also take into account other competing interests in copyright,
including the public interest in scientific, cultural, social progress
and promoting competition.
The Centre for Internet and Society
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