World Intellectual Property Organization

Copyright Development Division

The Copyright Development Division (CDD) is responsible for the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programs and projects for developing countries in the field of copyright and related rights and for coordinating the interface of the WIPO Culture and Creative Industries sector with developing country member states in the field.

The aim is to help these countries in using the copyright system to extract greater economic value from their cultural and other creative works. 

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What we are trying to achieve

Our expected results in 2014/15 are:

  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition.
  • Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP offices and other IP institutions, leading to the provision of better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders.

These contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goal III: "facilitating the use of IP for development" and Strategic Goal VI "international cooperation on building respect for IP."

What we do

    Our activities include:

  • Provision of technical, legal and policy related assistance in the establishment and strengthening of the copyright and related rights frameworks and infrastructures of developing countries.
  • Development and delivery of capacity building programs in the field of copyright and related rights at national, regional and inter-regional levels.
  • Implementation of the agreed copyright and related rights programs and projects financed by donors through Funds-in-Trust arrangements.
  • Coordination within the Culture and Creative Industries Sector and with the regional bureaus in technical assistance and other development related work in the field of copyright and related rights.


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