WIPO’s Role in a Changing World via Francis Gurry

Copyright at the international level is facing challenges similar to domestic copyright laws. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is continuously re-examining its own role in copyright issues. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry recently shared some thoughts about the future of the international intellectual property system in WIPO Magazine. Highlights relating to copyright are:

  • WIPO must maintain its role in economic rule-making and cites the example of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances
  • WIPO must support the development of an efficient global digital marketplace by providing a legal architecture such as an international music registry or a licensing hub as recommended in the U.K. Hargreaves Report
  • WIPO has to actively find ways to maintain the central mission of copyright in the digital environment – ensuring a viable economic existence for creators and creative industries while making creative content broadly available

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