Direct Quotes from Right Holders on Webcasting.

Quotes taken from the WIPO Reports of the 10th, 11th and 12th SCCRs. The full reports are online here.


Twelfth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Geneva, November 17 to 19, 2004, (SCCR/12/4)

192. The Representative of the Ibero-Latin-American Federation of Performers (FILAIE) stated that beneficiaries of the proposed treaty should be restricted to traditional broadcasting organizations, and apply only to simulcasting and traditional broadcasting activities on the Internet. The proposal to include webcasters at the present time was immature, as there was no clear supervisory machinery for webcasters in all countries. The la carte treaty approach as regards beneficiaries of protection would add complexity and uncertainty in its application.

198. The Representative of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), emphasized "that in accordance with the statements made by the African Group, the treaty should address protection only for traditional broadcasting organizations, and not include webcasters, and the bracketing of that text in the Revised Consolidated Text was welcomed."

202. The Representative of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), also speaking on behalf of the International Bureau of Societies Administering the Rights of Mechanical Recording and Reproduction (BIEM): "In the context of the current discussions, it would be premature to protect webcasts and webcasting organizations, which would change the character of the proposed treaty."

203. The Representative of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI): "While the proposal that protection be extended to cablecasting organizations was positive, she called on the Committee to reserve the work on protection for webcasters for a separate debate. [...]She referred to a position paper that summarized the views of 14 organizations in the creative sector." [See Joint Reaction of Right Holders "opposition to the inclusion of webcasting" at http://www.cptech.org/ip/wipo/bt/index.html]

206. The representative of the International Federation of Actors (FIA):"The protection of webcasters should be discussed at a separate stage."


Eleventh Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Geneva, June 7 to 9, 2004 (SCCR/11/4)

80. A representative of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) "He considered that for the time being it was better to exclude webcasting from the scope of protection."

90. A representative of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ): "Webcasting had to be excluded from the scope of the new instrument."

91. A representative of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM): "informed the Committee that its organization was also a signatory to the common position of the coalition of rightsowner organizations. It had been unanimously emphasized that extension of protection to webcasters was premature as a consequence of the different levels of technology that existed in the various countries."

92. A representative of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) stated "Webcasting was an urgent issue and had to be dealt with separately."

95. A representative of the International Organization for Performing Artists (GIART) "indicated that protection should be limited to fighting piracy. It would be necessary to exclude webcasting from the scope of protection."

97. A representative of the National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan (NAB-Japan) "indicated that the Consolidated Text had greatly facilitated the discussion. The issue of webcasting was an important issue, however the issue could be dealt with at a later stage."

103. A representative of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU): "Issues in relation to new forms of broadcasting had to be discussed at a proper time when the need to protect these rights would be sufficiently established. In the Asia Pacific Region, webcasting and other new forms of broadcasting were still non- existent or in their infancy. Domestic laws on webcasting had not been legislated."

104. A representative of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), speaking also on behalf of the International Bureau of Societies Administering the Rights of Mechanical Recording and Reproduction (BIEM): "with respect to the beneficiaries of protection of any new instrument, he noted widespread concern among the creative community and delegations in regard to the position of the United States of America with respect to webcasting, and stated that the extension of protection to webcasters was premature and undesirable. Webcasters should be excluded from the discussions."


Tenth Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Geneva, November 3 to 5, 2003, (SCCR/10/5)

39. A representative of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM): "It was premature to address the protection of webcasting organizations, and the new instrument had to focus on the protection of traditional broadcasters."p.11

42. A representative of the International Association of Broadcasting (AIR) "Protection had to be limited to the conventional concepts of broadcasting and cover cable and over the air broadcasting. Webcasting was an issue of growing importance, but the analysis and the discussion on that issue had to be deferred to a later stage, after the adoption of the treaty updating the rights of traditional broadcasters." p.11

43. A representative of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) indicated that the issues arising from the webcasting debate were too new and complex to be dealt with in the proposed treaty. The novelty of that activity was illustrated by the fact that in the Asia-Pacific region only one webcaster existed. Before deciding upon the nature and the extent of the protection to be granted to that activity, it was necessary to look at the realities of the world."p.11

44. A representative of the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms (IFPI) "indicated that any discussion on the protection of webcasting should be kept separate from the present discussions. The scope of protection should not include simulcasting." p.11

45. A representative of the International Federation of Actors (FIA) stressed the need to carefully separate the protection of signal and content and to grant only the rights that broadcasters needed to fight against signal piracy. It was necessary to keep a strict balance between different rightholders. Webcasting organizations should not be considered as beneficiaries of protection."p.12

50. A representative of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), speaking also on behalf of the International Bureau of Societies Administering the Rights of Mechanical Recording and Reproduction (BIEM), " noted three issues of concern. First, with respect to the beneficiaries of protection of any new instrument, he noted widespread concern among the creative community and delegations in regard to the position of the United States of America with respect to webcasting, and stated that the extension of protection to webcasters was premature and undesirable."


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