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WIPO broadcasters treaty approaching controversial conclusion

News | 12/20/2002 5:00 am EST
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is marching toward a new treaty on broadcasters’ rights despite a controversial new U.S. proposal on protecting webcasters’ rights, as well as Canadian opposition to extend exclusive retransmission rights to free over-the-air television transmissions. The chairperson of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights has served notice that February will be the final deadline for the submission of new draft treaties and that he hopes outstanding issues can be wrapped up at a summer 2003 meeting to work toward a diplomatic conference to finalize a document in May or June 2004.

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