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Grand rights and opera reuse today
Economic Research Working Paper No. 62
This article studies the economic role of grand rights in the incentives to stage and reuse works from the opera canon. It complements previous research on the incentives to create new opera (Giorcelli and Moser, 2020) in the way it looks at copyright taxing availability and follow-on creativity around works. Based on a unique dataset of global opera performances, we find that changes in copyright status increase the number of total performances individual works receive on stage once copyright expires. Moreover, we provide preliminary evidence on chilling, long-term effects of status around premiering operas and revivals at the beginning of the copyright term. Based on these findings, we discuss limitations of the study and novel options for copyright policy frameworks.
Publication year: 2020
Batman forever? The economics of overlapping rights
Economic Research Working Paper No. 61
When copyrighted comic characters are also protected under trademark laws, intellectual property (IP) rights can be overlapping. Arguably, registering a trademark can increase transaction costs for cross-media uses of characters, or it can help advertise across multiple sales channels. In an application to book, movie and video game publishing industries, we thus ask how creative reuse (innovation in uses) is affected in situations of overlapping rights, and whether ‘fuzzy boundaries' of right frameworks are in fact enhancing or decreasing content sales.
Addressing climate challenges with innovation. WIPO GREEN guide for youth roundtables
This guide is designed to help young people better understand the ways in which they can use innovation in the climate crisis response. Created to facilitate group discussions and inspire action, the guide incorporates theoretical resources and practical tools for using green technologies and intellectual property to empower youth in their efforts to address climate change.
Report of the Director General to the 2020 WIPO Assemblies
This report is a retrospective of the work accomplished by the Organization during the two terms of office of Director General Francis Gurry, from 2008 to 2020.
Records of the Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a New Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration - 2015
These records include the texts of the new Act and the Regulations as adopted by the Diplomatic Conference, the text of the Basic Proposal as presented to the Diplomatic Conference, as well as a comparison of the texts of the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration (of October 31, 1958, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979) and the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications (of May 20, 2015) and the Regulations thereunder.
Guide to the International Patent Classification (2020)
This Guide provides information on the objectives, history and reform of the International Patent Classification (IPC) as well as assistance in the use of the IPC.
WHO, WIPO, WTO Joint Technical Symposium on Cutting-Edge Health Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges
Summary of the Key Issues
The eighth joint technical symposium discussed opportunities and challenges linked to cutting-edge health technologies.
WIPO IP Facts and Figures 2019
An overview of intellectual property activity based on the latest available year of complete statistics.
WIPO Mediation, Arbitration, Expedited Arbitration and Expert Determination Rules and Clauses
This brochure contains the rules of dispute resolution procedures administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, namely, the WIPO Mediation Rules, the WIPO Arbitration Rules, the WIPO Expedited Arbitration Rules, and the WIPO Expert Determination Rules.
IP Training Institutions Brochure
Learn more about the WIPO Academy's support to Member States in establishing self-sustaining IPTIs