The forty-third session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was held from March 13th to 17th in Geneva, Switzerland, bringing together representatives from around the world.

The session focused on an agenda related to the negotiation of a possible instrument to extend the rights of broadcasters and digital platforms that disseminate content on the Internet. The focus was also placed on the rights of access to publications and copyrighted materials by libraries, educational services and people with disabilities.

This last topic is in line with WIPO’s exceptions agenda, which seeks a balance between public and private interests in relation to intellectual works. This exceptions agenda, introduced by Chile in 2004, has led to the Marrakesh Treaty, the negotiation of which was concluded in 2013 and to date is the WIPO treaty with the largest number of countries adhering to it.

As a result of the Committee’s work, a work plan was agreed upon to advance the exceptions agenda, which was proposed by African countries and supported by Chile and practically all Latin American countries. NGO INNOVARTE, as a permanent observer of WIPO, participated in this session of the Committee, intervening in favor of the progress of the exception agenda and a new topic of analysis pertaining to the fair remuneration of artists by Youtube, Spotify and other platforms.

For more information, click on the document : sccr_43_summary_by_the_chair