EU | Term extension directive: a major step forward for performers

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Adopted on the 12 September 2011, Directive 2011/​77/​EU, amends Directive 2006/​116/​EC by extending the term of protection for performers (for their fixed performances) and phonogram producers (for their phonograms) from 50 to 70 years.

The extension is in itself extremely important for it enables the immense majority of performers to benefit from such protection throughout their lifetime, including those who began their career at an early age.

More than just an extension from 50 to 70 years, the directive also includes three innovative accompanying measures which apply during the additional twenty years of protection.
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Major step taken towards an international AV treaty

WIPO logoWIPO MEMBER STATES DECIDE TO RE-​CONVOKE THE DIPLOMATIC CONFERENCE OF 2000 ON THE PROTECTION OF AUDIOVISUAL PERFORMANCES

In the morning of Thursday, September 29, 2011, the General Assembly of WIPO Members States followed the recommendation of the SCCR (Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights) and decided to re-​convoke the Diplomatic Conference of 2000 aimed to adopt an international treaty protecting audiovisual performances.

The SCCR recommendation also stipulates that the work of the Diplomatic Conference shall base itself on the 19 articles that were provisionally adopted in 2000, as well as on the new article 12 which was subject to consensus at the SCCR meeting of June 2011 (see FIM News dated July 15, 2011).
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Negotiations on an international treaty protecting audiovisual performances

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The 22nd session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), held in Geneva on 15 — 24 June 2011, recommends in its conclusions the convocation of a diplomatic conference aimed at adopting a treaty protecting audiovisual performances (technically, this would be tantamount to a re-​convocation of the diplomatic conference suspended in December 2000).

After a week full of ups and downs, consensus was reached on the 19 articles provisionally adopted at the December 2000 conference. A further article (Article 12) was added, explicitly recognising the possibility for states to maintain or introduce a presumption of transfer of rights from performers to producers.
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