Support In US For WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Appears To Wane
Practically no one participating in a recent government forum here liked the proposed broadcaster protection treaty under negotiation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva...
"None of the concerns that we have raised at previous [forums] have been removed, or even addressed by the non-paper," said Gwen Hinze, international affairs director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Hinze said the exclusive rights framework is inappropriate and conflicts with US law. She asked for an analysis by the US government about how the treaty, if adopted, could be embodied in US law. Hinze also raised concerns about Article 9 of the draft, as well as its interaction with Article 3 (scope of protection) and Article 7 (the exclusive right to retransmission of broadcasts).