Rightholder groups issue statement to WIPO GA

Twelve international organisations representing creators and rightholders in the music, film and publishing sectors - IFPI, IMPALA, FIAPF, IVF, FIAD, FIA, FIM, ICMP, IPA, IFRRO, CISAC and BIEM – have submitted a joint statement to the WIPO General Assembly underlining their support for the WIPO work programme on development issues and  asserting the positive role of copyright as an engine for growth.  They reiterate their commitment to assisting developing countries and their creative communities in enabling the use of IP for the benefit of cultural and economic development.

The statement comments on the work of the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) and the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) and in particular mentions the Stakeholder Platform addressing access for the visually impaired, which can act as a model for finding voluntary solutions.

The full statement is available here.

The organisations
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI); Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA); International Federation of Film Producers' Associations (FIAPF); International Federation of Film Distributors Associations (FIAD);International Video Federation (IVF); International Federation of Actors (FIA); International Federation of Musicians (FIM); International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP); International Publishers Association (IPA); International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO); International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC); The International Bureau of Societies Administering the Rights of Mechanical
Recording and Reproduction (BIEM).