||The government of Poland has requested WIPO to support the organization of a Conference entitled Mastering the Game: Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers – A Baltic Sea Region Perspective.
Reference is made to the attached letter from Ms. Monika Smolen, State Undersecretary, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, to, Mr. Gurry, Director General, WIPO, dated April 8, 2015. The attached Director General’s response, dated May 21, 2015, confirms WIPO’s readiness to provide the requested capacity-building activity.
During the six months of Poland’s Presidency of the EU Council, which was inaugurated on July 1, 2015, and its presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States, which runs until June 30, 2016 (see http://www.cbss.org/cbss-polish-presidency-2015-2016), many events are being organized as part of the presidency's Cultural Program. These range from cultural happenings to artistic projects, and this videogame event is one such program.
Within the wider framework of broadening the importance of social and economic values brought by intellectual property for all parties in Poland, the above proposed activity will engage professionals working in the videogame industry from the Baltic Sea region, including Scandinavia, Germany Russia, Iceland and Poland itself.
The main objectives of the conference, targeting video game professionals, especially developers, are (i) to deepen the understanding and importance of intellectual property/copyright for a commercially viable video game industry, and (ii) to support the business development, exercise and exploitation of copyright assets by individual video game developers and publishers. The WIPO Publication Mastering the Game: Business and Legal Issues for Video Game Developers and its authors are used as the basis of this Conference.
This proposed activity has been included in the workplans of the Copyright Infrastructure Division (CID) and that of the Department for Transition and