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Archived updates for Wednesday, August 23, 2006

U.S. PTO/CO Roundtable on WIPO Broadcasting Treaty

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2006, 1-3 p.m.
Location: USPTO Atrium Conference Room, Madison West, 10th Floor
Requests for participation must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2006.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and United States Copyright Office (USCO) will hold a public roundtable discussion concerning the work at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) on the proposed Treaty on the Protection of the Rights of Broadcasting Organizations. Members of the public are invited to attend the roundtable. In particular, the participants will identify and discuss the issues and problems associated with the recent text available from July 31, 2006, the ‘‘Revised Draft Basic Proposal for The WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations’’ at

Although broadcasters rights are protected under some existing international agreements, such as under the 1961 Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations and the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, there has been increasing concern that changes in technology and the opening up of much of the world to commercial broadcasting, have made the protection provided in those agreements ineffective to protect broadcast signals against piracy.

At the September 2005 WIPO General Assembly, the decision was taken to hold additional meetings of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights ("SCCR") to permit further discussion of the possible treaty and to invite the 2006 WIPO General Assembly to convene a Diplomatic Conference in December 2006 or at an appropriate time in 2007. WIPO posts various documents from their meetings, such as reports, member state submissions, meeting agendas, and official texts prepared by the Chair of the SCCR. The most recent text available from July 31, 2006—‘‘Revised Draft Basic Proposal for The WIPO Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.’’ On August 1, 2006, the United States made a submission to WIPO addressing the issue of ‘‘netcasting’’ which is available at and will shortly be available on the WIPO Web site.
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