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June 22, 2007

WIPO Broadcast Treaty Does Not Go Forward

Ars Technica is reporting that the WIPO Broadcast Treaty is dead.  The treaty would touch on signal theft as its basis, but became controversial over its rights based approach.  At one point, a draft would have given broadcasters new intellectual property rights in their signals. That approach was abandoned, though not without continuing debate.  Consumer groups generally opposed the treaty as stifling existing consumer rights.  Senators Leahy and Specter said the treaty would upset U.S. Copyright law and called on American negotiators to seek the minimal language to protect signals.

Details from Ars Technica are here.  Variations of the treaty are here, here, and here, from the very difficult to navigate WIPO site.  Google does a better job locating documents on the WIPO site than does WIPO.

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