European broadcasters, through the Association of Commercial Television and Video on Demand Services in Europe (ACT) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which represent both commercial and public service broadcasters as well as video-on-services operators, welcomed the continued commitment of WIPO Member States to finalize their work on the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty.
According to both organizations, the adoption of a WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty would harmonize the protection granted to broadcasting organizations by setting minimum standards internationally. Furthermore, it would be an effective anti-piracy instrument to protect programme-carrying signals on a global scale.
As such, the Second Revised Draft Text for the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty is a balanced instrument aimed at protecting the programme-carrying signal, ACT and EBU said. The amendments made to text allow for a common understanding of the scope of protection and take into account the various legal traditions to provide efficient tools to fight piracy, both on domestic and international levels.
The signatories are of the opinion that the Second Revised Draft Text for the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty covers the principles necessary for the legal protection of programme-carrying signals; and, therefore, could serve as a basis for finalizing the text of the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty in view of convening a Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of said treaty.
In this context, they call upon WIPO Member States to reach consensus on key outstanding issues – should it be necessary, to finalize the Second Revised Draft Text for the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty in dedicated meetings, and to recommend the WIPO General Assembly to convene a Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of the WIPO Broadcasting Organizations Treaty.