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The Council of Global Unions (CGU) issues a reminder to the G20



Global Union Federations (GUF), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC-​OECD) have issued a dec­la­ra­tion aimed at remind­ing mem­bers of the G20 of their Pittsburgh com­mit­ments in September 2009, in par­tic­u­lar that of “plac­ing qual­i­ty jobs at the core of the recov­ery”.

This dec­la­ra­tion also com­mits the G20 to take full account of the con­clu­sions of the meet­ing of G20 employ­ment min­is­ters in Paris, which make pro­vi­sions for set­ting up a social pro­tec­tion base backed by suit­able financ­ing accord­ing to lev­els of devel­op­ment.
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EU | Term extension directive: a major step forward for performers


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


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 AV performances

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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