World Intellectual Property Organization

WPPT Notification No. 52
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

Accession by the Republic of Singapore

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him of the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Singapore, on January 17, 2005, of its instrument of accession to the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, adopted at Geneva on December 20, 1996.

The said instrument contained a declaration according to which the Government of the Republic of Singapore, pursuant to Article 15(3) of the said treaty will limit the provisions of Article 15(1) in the following way:

- Producers of phonograms have the exclusive right to make available to the public a sound recording by means of, or as part of, a digital audio transmission.

- Performers can bring an action of unauthorized communication of a live performance to the public and for unauthorized making available of a recording of a performance to the public (on a network or otherwise) in such a way that the recording may be accessed by any person from a place and at a time chosen by him. In this context, "communication" includes broadcasting, inclusion in a cable programme service and the making available of the live performance in such a way that the performance may be accessed by any person from a place and at a time chosen by him.

The said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Singapore, on April 17, 2005.

January 17, 2005

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