Towards a WIPO International Treaty to Protect Audio-Visual Performers:
Stars from around the globe unite to say: “It’s Time”
As we enter the final critical phase of negotiations at WIPO, performers from around the globe have created a video calling for an international treaty to protect audio-visual performers’ intellectual property rights.
After 20 years of negotiations and co-ordinated effort by performers’ unions around the world, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is finally poised to hold a Diplomatic Conference to approve an international treaty for the protection of audio-visual performances in June 2012. With a successful final push audio-visual performers could finally have their right to protect their image and get paid for their work affirmed in international law.
Currently, only audio performers receive any significant protection at the international level, including modernized and updated standards in respect to digital uses of their work. The lack of international protection for audio-visual performers, or recognition of their economic and moral rights, places them at a distinct economic advantage. With no mechanism to safeguard their rights audio-visual performers can find their work being exploited or unfavourable terms and conditions unjustly imposed upon them.
The creation of an international treaty at WIPO will be a significant gain to performers who work in the film, TV and digital media. It will give them:
- Moral rights: allowing them to protect their work from being used in a manner that is harmful to their reputation.
- Economic rights: The right to receive financial compensation from the exploitation of their work. This is especially significant in light of the potential for global distribution thanks to digital technology.
Audio-visual performers deserve to be fairly compensated and protected for the work they do. It’s time for a WIPO treaty that recognizes that fact.
Please help us with this final push by sharing this video with fellow performers, friends and representatives of your national governments involved with copyright issues.
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