CIS Comments to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on the Proposed WIPO Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations
As a follow up to a stakeholder meeting called by the MHRD on the WIPO Broadcast Treaty, CIS provided written comments on the Working Document for a Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations adopted by the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at its twenty-fourth session, Geneva, July 16 to 25, 2012.
On the November 27, 2013, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India conducted a Stakeholders Meeting on the proposed WIPO treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations at New Delhi. Nehaa Chaudhari represented CIS and commented inter alia on the need for a Broadcast Treaty, the necessity to confine the treaty to a signals based approach, the term of protection for broadcasting organizations, and the protection of the general public interest. At this meeting, with representation from the government, academia, industry bodies and civil society, there was a general consensus on the adoption of a treaty that would most further India’s national interest, and on the treaty being limited to a signals based approach, in consonance with the 2007 mandate of the WIPO General Assembly.
In furtherance of the feedback process initiated at the aforesaid meeting, CIS presents this detailed clause-by-clause submission in response to the proposed WIPO Broadcast Treaty. This submission was prepared by Nehaa Chaudhari, on behalf of CIS.
Many thanks to Pranesh Prakash, Snehashish Ghosh and Bhairav Acharya for their inputs and discussions, and to Varun Baliga for his research.