International issues

IRIS plus 2004-5: The Legal Protection of Broadcast Signals

Author: Lucie Guibault, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam & Roy Melzer, Law firm Gilat, Bareket & Co., Tel-Aviv (Israel)

Published: 01/11/2004

At the time of publication of this IRIS plus, the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is holding its 12th Session, focusing in particular on the protection of broadcast transmissions.

The following questions are likely to be discussed: how are broadcast transmissions protected? Is that protection still in keeping with the latest technological advances? How can new rights, which are better adapted to current technology, be defined? Do these fit easily into the current system of copyright and related rights? What is the definition of broadcasting? What about webcasting?

In order to help you follow these discussions, this IRIS plus contains important information on current legal protection of broadcast signals at international and European levels, as well as a draft new international protection agreement, which will be discussed and may be adopted by the Standing Committee.