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Business News (more headlines) 07-01-2013

WIPO Treaty Extends Performers Rights

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The UK has signed a new World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaty which grants a new suite of rights to performers in Audio Visual Performances.

The treaty builds on earlier agreements that gave similar rights to performers in sound recordings.

John Smith, MU General Secretary and FIM President, says:
"Last year I was present at the historic WIPO Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances in Beijing and I am delighted that the UK Government has signed the treaty that came out of that meeting.

"This treaty extends the protection of performers' intellectual property rights, already enjoyed in audio productions and live performance, to audiovisual productions. This means that for the first time performers will enjoy both economic and moral rights in all of their recorded and live work. Music is an integral and important part of audiovisual productions and the community of musicians will most definitely benefit from the adoption of this important treaty."

The rights include:
* providing moral rights to performers to prevent lack of attribution or distortion of their performances,
* providing protection in the digital environment,
* strengthening the position of performers in the audiovisual industry by providing a clearer international legal framework for their protection, and
* providing safeguards against the unauthorised use of their performances in audiovisual media such as television and film.

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