WPPT Notification No. 69
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

Ratification by the Swiss Confederation

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 Swiss Confederation, on March 31, 2008, of its instrument of ratification to the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, adopted at Geneva on December 20, 1996.

The said instrument of ratification was accompanied by the following declaration:

"In accordance with Article 3, paragraph 3 of the Treaty, Switzerland hereby declares that it will make use of the option provided in Article 5, paragraph 3 of the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations (Rome Convention), 1961, to reject the criterion of fixation, applying therefore the criterion of publication".

The said Treaty will enter into force, with respect to the Swiss Confederation, on July 1, 2008.

March 31, 2008