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Summary of the Previous Meetings

34th WIPO SCCR (1st till 5th May 2017, WIPO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland)

The Thirty – Fourth Session of the WIPO SCCR was opened by Mr. Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General who welcomed the participants. Ms. Michele Woods, Director of the Copyright Law Division of WIPO acted as Secretary.

The Committee elected Mr. Daren Tang Heng Shim, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore as the Chair and Mr. Karol Koscinski, Director of the Department of Intellectual Property and Media, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Mr. Abdoul Aziz Dieng as the Vice – Chairs for the period commencing from the opening of SCCR/34 until the opening of SCCR/38.

The first two days and  half of the last day of the meeting week deliberated upon the Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations while the other days during the week were reserved for limitation and exceptions for libraries and archives and for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities. The SCCR also deliberated upon copyright issues related to the digital environment. The SCCR was preceded by a Conference on Resale Rights which was held on April 28th, 2017 at the WIPO headquarters.   

The documents related to the Broadcasters Treaty were SCCR/27/2 REV., SCCR/27/6, SCCR/30/5 , SCCR/31/3, SCCR/32/3, SCCR/33/3, SCCR/33/5 and SCCR/34/3 as well as  informal charts and non – papers prepared by the outgoing Chair, Mr Martin Moscoso Villacorta of Peru. The SCCR welcomed the revised version of the Revised Consolidated Text on Definitions, Object of Protection, Rights to be Granted and Other Issues (SCCR/34/3). Document SCCR/34/3 was discussed in informal sessions of the Committee where the delegations made comments and proposals. These discussions culminated into a revised document (SCCR/34/4) prepared by the Chairman, with the understanding that SCCR/34/4 was organized into three separate parts for facilitating deliberations, without having any effect on the arrangement.

The ABU was represented at the WIPO by Dr. Yan Bo (Deputy Director, Copyright and Legal Affairs Office CCTV – China and Chairperson of ABU IPLC), Masataka Hirano (NHK - Japan), Mr. Bulent Husnu Orhun (TRT – Turkey) and Ms. Seemantani Sharma (ABU Legal and Intellectual Property Services Officer). Throughout the meeting week, the ABU reached out to delegations of the Asia – Pacific Group, Group B, the WIPO Secretariat and the newly elected Chair in order to reach a consensus and for ensuring the timely establishment of the Treaty as proposed by the Hon’ble Delegation of Argentina, Colombia and Mexico (SCCR/33/5).

The 34th SCCR made the following recommendation - “The WIPO General Assembly is invited to direct the Committee to continue its work on this agenda item.” The next session of the Committee will take place from November 13th to November 17th, 2017.    


33rd WIPO SCCR (14th till 18th November 2016, WIPO HQ, Geneva, Switzerland)

The 33rd Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was held from November 14th till November 18th, 2016 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. It was opened by Ms. Sylvie Forbin, Deputy Director General who welcomed everyone. Mr Martin Moscoso Villacorta served as the Chair while Ms. Michele Woods acted as the Secretary.

The first two and half days and half of the last day of the meeting week deliberated upon the Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations while the other days during the week were reserved for limitation and exceptions for libraries and archives and for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities.

 The documents related to the Broadcasters Treaty were SCCR/27/2 REV., SCCR/27/6, SCCR/30/5 , SCCR/31/3, SCCR/32/3, SCCR/33/3 and SCCR/33/5 and informal charts and non – papers prepared by the Chair. The negotiations on the Broadcasters Treaty made some progress with the submission of document SCCR/33/5 titled, “Note on the Draft Treaty to Protect Broadcasting Organizations” submitted by the delegation of Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. The proposal calls for streamlining the discussions of the revised and consolidated text with the aim of convening of Diplomatic Conference in the Spring of 2018. It also provides clarifications to certain outstanding legal and technical issues such as the scope of the application of the Treaty and the protection of deferred transmissions.    

Some delegations requested further clarifications on the proposal submitted by Argentina, Colombia and Mexico (SCCR/33/5). Document SCCR/33/5 was discussed in informal sessions of the Committee. The Committee will continue discussions in the next SCCR based on a revised version of the document SCCR 33/3 taking into account the textual proposals and clarifications mad during the session regarding definitions, object of protection and rights to be granted.         

The ABU was represented at the WIPO by Dr. Yan Bo (Deputy Director, Copyright and Legal Affairs Office CCTV – China and Chairperson of ABU IPLC), Masataka Hirano( NHK - Japan) , Mr. Nawaz Dookhee (ABU Legal Manager) and Ms. Seemantani Sharma (ABU Legal and Intellectual Property Services Officer). The ABU had a constructive meeting with the delegations of the Asia – Pacific Group, which is being headed by India for the time being. Further, active interventions were made during the SCCR deliberations on the Broadcasters Treaty by Dr. Yan Bo on behalf of ABU.    

With the conclusion of the 33rd SCCR, Mr Martin Moscoso Villacorta of Peru, who served as the Chair of the SCCR came to an end. The next SCCR (34th) will take place from May 1st to May 5th, 2017. 



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