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WIPO General Assemblies

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delegates met for the 48th General Assemblies from 2 – 11 October. The meeting was extremely well attended with 191 member states present.

TPP-11 deal imminent?

Ten months after US President Donald Trump abandoned the world's biggest trade deal, its surviving members may be close to reaching a new agreement.

Details of a new Trans Pacific Partnership accord could emerge this month at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

ICMP meets the music publishers

How did you get into music publishing?

Creative sector unites on the value gap

JOINT STATEMENT ON TRANSFER OF VALUE/VALUE GAP

Dear Mr Voss, We represent authors in all artistic fields as well as music, books and press publishers, film and music producers, broadcasting organisations, film distributors, cinema operators, football leagues and photo agencies, which are at the heart of the European creative sector.

Music bodies request creator protection in NAFTA talks

In an open letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, 23 music trade bodies, including ICMP member the NMPA, have called on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks to protect creators.

The letter comes in response to technology companies recent lobbying of Lighthizer, calling themselves the ‘new faces of the American content industry’.

Creativity Works! statement: 'What is illegal offline is also illegal online'

On 28 September, the European Commission published its communication on “Tackling Illegal Content Online: Towards an enhanced responsibility of online platforms”.

Juncker snubs US in trade address

During his State of the Union address on 13 September, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, stressed that he wants to introduce a fast-track system to ensure Brussels can quickly conclude upcoming free trade agreements (FTAs).

This new process would replace the current system, which sees national parliaments ratifying key aspects of all EU trade deals.

Public consultation on reforming Copyright Board of Canada 

Canada’s government has launched a public consultation on proposed legislative and regulatory changes to the Board’s decision-making processes.

The Copyright Board of Canada establishes royalties for the use of copyrighted content in areas where this is entrusted to collective management organisations, such as music streaming, public performance, and TV retransmission.

Meet the music publishers

How did you get into music publishing?

My father started working in music publishing when he set up Essex Music in 1955. My older brother was chosen to take over the business, which he did for a few years, but then decided to move to France. I was next in line.

I then started my own company, Bucks Music, alongside the family company in 1994.

IP Summit 2017 - First look

The 12th edition of the IP Summit will take place in Brussels on 7 & 8 December 2017.

This high-level conference will gather 450 practitioners to discuss the timeliest IP issues and EU reforms related to patent, copyright, trademark, design and new technologies.


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