Victory at WIPO!
Thanks to your efforts, on June 22, 2007, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) decided to put the Broadcasting Treaty on hold indefinitely! This is very welcome news indeed. Thanks to everyone who signed the Dear WIPO petition, which EFF delivered to WIPO officials in Geneva prior to the decision. At the time of delivery the petition had over 1,500 signatories. Copies of the petition were snapped up as fast as we could print them, and it was apparent that WIPO diplomats were paying attention. EFF was honored to help make sure that the voices of podcasters and citizen broadcasters from around the world got an equal hearing at WIPO alongside those of the major commercial broadcasters. We won this battle with your help, and we'll be updating this site when and if new battles emerge. In the meantime, for those interested, we have more details of the Geneva discussions on EFF's DeepLinks blog. Thank you for your commitment to making a difference! The Electronic Frontier Foundation.
More Info on WIPO's Broadcasting Debacle
In 2006, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was inches away from finalizing a treaty that would have crippled Internet broadcasting. Called the WIPO Broadcasting Treaty, it gave traditional broadcasters and cablecasters new copyright-like rights over their transmissions, including control over Internet retransmissions of broadcasts and cablecasts. Creating these rights is not only unnecessary to incentivize new forms of online communication such as podcasting and videoblogging, but will also inhibit the growth of these new citizen-generated media.
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