Policy Brief 8, June 2007

The Proposed WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting and Cablecasting Organizations.

Discussions for a new treaty to protect broadcasting and cablecasting organizations against signal theft at the WIPO are closely linked to the information evolution. Member States must carefully balance between granting increased protection to certain segments of broadcasting media to protect their commercial interests with safeguarding the public interest in access and use of the content that is broadcast.

Accordingly, the proposed treaty should narrowly focus on signal theft, excluding any intellectual-property type rights and technical mandates. If rights are included, these must be balanced by a robust regime for limitations and exceptions.

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