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Background

The U.S. Copyright Office is a member of U.S. government delegations that participate in meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The Register of Copyrights and other senior leadership of the Office regularly participate in conferences and symposia sponsored by the WIPO in Geneva and in other WIPO-sponsored meetings around the world. The Copyright Office and WIPO also co-sponsor training programs in Washington, D.C. for government officials and experts from developing countries and other countries revisiting their copyright laws or enforcement regimes.

Below is a list of links to various international copyright treaties and other materials, including ongoing developments at WIPO. Much of the ongoing work at WIPO is currently taking place in the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR).



International Copyright Treaties Administered by WIPO and where the United States is a Party

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1971 Paris text)

WIPO Internet Treaties

WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) (1996)

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) (1996)

Geneva Phonograms Convention (Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms) (1971)

Brussels Satellite Convention (Convention Relating to the Distribution of Program-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite) (1974)

Recent Treaties Adopted at WIPO

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled (June 27, 2013)

Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (June 26, 2012)

Copyright Issues Under Consideration at WIPO

Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)

Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

Ongoing work on copyright registration and documentation

Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE)

Treaties Administered by UNESCO and where the United States is a Party

Universal Copyright Convention