Copyright and related rights protect the rights of authors, performers, producers and broadcasters, and contribute to the cultural and economic development of nations. This protection fulfills a decisive role in articulating the contributions and rights of different stakeholders and the relation between them and the public. The purpose of copyright and related rights is twofold: to encourage a dynamic creative culture, while returning value to creators so that they can lead a dignified economic existence, and to provide widespread, affordable access to content for the public.
WIPO works on the development of international norms and standards in the area of copyright and related rights. The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is presently discussing important issues such as limitations and exceptions, the protection of audiovisual performances and the protection of broadcasting organizations.
- Twenty-fourth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (Geneva, July 16 to 25, 2012)
- Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances (Beijing, China, June 20 to 26, 2012)
- Twenty-third Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (Geneva, November 21 to 25, 28, 29, and December 2, 2011)
- Informal Consultations on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (November 26 and 27, 2011)
- Preparatory Committee of the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances (November 30 and December 1, 2011)
- Enabling Creativity in the Digital Environment: Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure (Geneva, October 13 and 14, 2011)