For Immediate Release
It appears as if the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will not be able to write a treaty this year granting new intellectual property rights to broadcasters. The latest report from Sherwin Siy, director of Public Knowledge's Global Knowledge Initiative, is posted here.
The following is the statement of Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge:
“It is good news for consumers and for innovators that the talks on a new broadcast treaty appear finished for this year. Broadcasters are seeking a new copyright-like right on material they do not own, but which they only broadcast. Such a right would only hurt consumers who want to transmit TV shows from a set-top box to different TV sets around their house. Such a right would only hurt innovators, like Sling Media, who want to help consumers use their TV content lawfully.
“We are well aware that the broadcasters have been trying for this treaty for nine years, and that they won't give up. They should. Broadcasters have every right to prevent signal theft, but the proposed treaty and the new rights they seek are not necessary.
“This welcome result is due to the diligent efforts of the U.S. delegation to WIPO as well as to the work of many non-governmental organizations and technology companies. They are to be commended.”
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