[A2k] WIPO 's proposed program and budget for 2012/2013: Implications for L&Es, Stakeholders' Platform and TIGAR

Thirukumaran Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Thu Aug 18 07:30:20 PDT 2011

WIPO's Program and Budget Committee (PBC) meet from 12 September 2011 to 16 September 2011. Among other things, the PBC will discuss WIPO's Proposed Program and Budget for the 2012/13 Biennium which can be found on this link.  


Paragraphs 3.6 and 3.7 discuss normative work related to limitations and exceptions. 

The VIP Stakeholders' Platform and the TIGAR project are mentioned in paragraphs 3.14 and 3.15.  


3.6. With respect to the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, the Committee recommended to the General Assembly to resume the suspended 2000 Diplomatic Conference on the protection of audiovisual performances. Concerning the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, the Committee agreed to maintain the momentum regarding a draft treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations and cablecasting organizations in the traditional sense and to continue discussions on a signal-based approach consistent with the 2007 General Assembly mandate. As to limitations and exceptions, recognizing the need to advance the more mature areas, the Committee will undertake text based work with the objective of reaching agreement on appropriate exceptions and limitations for persons with print disabilities and other reading disabilities. In a similar manner, the Committee will undertake text-based work on appropriate exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives, educational, teaching and research institutions, and persons with other disabilities. Moreover, the Committee recommended to the WIPO General Assembly that Members of the Committee continue
discussions regarding the Chair’s document SCCR/22/16 on an international instrument on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities with the aim to agree and finalize a proposal on that international instrument in the 23rd session of the SCCR to be held in November 2011, in accordance with the timetable adopted at the 21st session of the SCCR.

3.7. The Secretariat will continue to facilitate progress in the discussions, including the possibility of convening a diplomatic conference for both broadcasting as well as exceptions and limitations. In addition, the Secretariat will continue to promote the benefits of the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) and will assist countries in updating their national legislation on request.

3.8. The Program will continue to examine key areas where collaboration between Governments and stakeholders would lead to pragmatic solutions. These include the role and responsibility of Internet Intermediaries; the development of licensing models, in line with DA Recommendations 21, 22 and 23, specifically adapted to the requirements of UN agencies in the digital environment; proposals for contractual guidelines in strategic sectors of the creative industries; and, the enhancement of collaborative policies in the music industry, and in IP and sports, that might facilitate the management of copyright and related rights in the digital environment. The measures available for such targeted interventions include platforms for dialogue among stakeholders, and studies and surveys.

3.9. Priority will be given to the provision of balanced information in specific papers on the WIPO
web site as well as through the organization of meetings and workshops for decision makers, policy advisers and heads of national copyright offices on issues of particular relevance and importance to them.


3.14. Support for the development of the Stakeholders’ Platform for Visually Impaired Persons and other persons with print disabilities (VIP) will continue. The Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources (TIGAR) system network will be fully established. The work being undertaken in the Stakeholders’ Platform VIP Initiative needs to attract the support of relevant interest groups while advancing strong partnership among stakeholders in a pragmatic and cost effective way as technical solutions are developed by WIPO and business models emerge among the Trusted Intermediaries. 

3.15. The progress of the VIP activities could be affected by various concerns and priorities of VIP stakeholder platform participants. Regular and focused liaison and consultation should address issues raised by stakeholders at the earliest stage possible.


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)

thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997

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