WIPO Snubs U.S. Bid To Extend Broadcasting Treaty To Webcasts

Law360, New York (November 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has rejected a proposal by the U.S. to extend copyright protection for television and radio productions to cover webcasting on the internet in a revised broadcast treaty.

The U.S. had wanted the extended protection included in the updating of 1961 Rome Convention, but there was no support for such a policy among the other member states, WIPO Deputy Director General Rita Hayes told reporters.

As a result of widespread opposition, particularly among developing countries, the proposal was put aside last...
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