WIPO Workshop to Probe Copyright Issues Arising from the Preservation of Digital Content

Geneva, July 8, 2008

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the International Digital Preservation and Copyright initiative (IDPC) is organizing a one-day workshop on July 15, at WIPO’s Geneva headquarters, to survey recent developments and trends at the intersection of digital preservation and copyright. The aim of the workshop is to contribute to the debate on how to develop and improve policies and practices that support the digital preservation of copyright-protected content.

With the growth of the digital economy, an increasing amount of digital content is being produced and publicly disseminated. As network technologies and media tools such as Internet broadband, pod casting or high-resolution scanners flourish, information and creative materials are increasingly created in digital form and analog materials are being transferred to digital formats. Digitization means that content can be easily and efficiently preserved, transmitted and accessed. 
Unlike analog materials, digital works do not ‘self preserve’ if stored in a stable environment. As digital works tend to degrade quickly and without warning, their preservation requires that multiple copies of a work are made, in different formats and in different storage locations, over the course of its “lifetime”.   Digital preservation can, therefore, raise a number of copyright issues that have a bearing on one or more of a copyright owner’s exclusive rights, especially the rights of reproduction, distribution, communication and adaptation. 
The workshop will offer an opportunity to examine how digital preservation and copyright issues are being addressed in various jurisdictions and in relation to different types of content, (e.g. newspapers, images and web-based materials). It will further look at how preserved works are made accessible to the public; how to balance the interests of both users and right holders; the main challenges of digital preservation; processes involved in “clearing” rights for newspapers/images; and whether website owners can opt out of having their content harvested.
The program and speaker details are available at https://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/2008/cr_wk_ge/.
The event is open to the general public and is free-of-charge. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is requested to complete the on-line registration form.
For more information, please contact the News and Media Division at WIPO:
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