Research Paper 9, January 2007

A Development Analysis of the proposed WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting & Cablecasting.

Since 1998, Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have discussed the creation of a new international instrument for the protection of broadcasting organizations. It is possible that final negotiations on a treaty on the protection of broadcasting organizations, including cablecasting organizations, will be initiated and conclude sometime in 2007.

The objective of the research paper is to help developing countries and other stakeholders, especially in the South, understand and critically review the various proposals for such a treaty and decide on policy options for the way ahead. The main question the research paper attempts to answer is whether there is a need for the protection proposed under the WIPO Revised Draft Basic Proposal on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations and whether those rights are likely, on aggregate, to bring more benefits than costs for developing countries.

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