IFRRO adopted statements on Traditional Knowledge and on Creative Sector Development Initiative, in particular in favour of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at its AGM in Jamaica last week.
The IFRRO statement on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE) committed IFRRO to assisting communities in developing frameworks furthering cultural and academic progress and stimulating incentives for investing in cultural and creative industries. To this end the statement sets out criteria for an instrument to protect traditional expressions.
IFRRO also issued a Recommentation for the Empowerment of the Creative Sector in Development Countries and Territories. It called on governments, particularly in those countries listed as Eligible Development Countries and Territories (EDTCs), to include respect for copyright and creativity in their development goals. At the same time it asked the IFRRO members to examine whether and how to grant preferential access to their own repertoire when entering into agreements with Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) situated in EDCTs.