WIPO SCCR: Some progress on Broadcasting Treaty

The 35th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) was held from 13-17 November in Geneva, Switzerland.

SCCR Chair Daren Tang, began the meeting by focusing on the broadcasting treaty. Discussions centred around what a potential treaty should cover, and under what terms. Although most countries are calling for an international instrument, views continue to differ on questions such as the transmission of programmes online.

At the end of the session, Tang spoke about a new revised text, which should be published by the end of this month.

There were also discussions on exceptions and limitations for libraries, archives and education, including draft action plans for the 2018-2019 biennium. These draft plans, which focus on libraries, archives, museums, educational research institutions, and persons with other disabilities than sight impairment, aim at advancing the understanding of issues related to copyright for those particular sectors. 

No agreement could however be found on the form of the proposed action plan document, so it will go back to the drafting table for the next session of the SCCR, scheduled to take place from 28 May to 1 June 2018.