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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)

Copyright Issues Under Consideration at WIPO

Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

Ongoing discussion regarding limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons and other persons with print disabilities (WIPO report from the June 2011 SCCR meeting, see paragraphs 103-216). Read more.

WIPO initiatives with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations on facilitating access to copyright works for visually impaired persons. Read more.

Ongoing discussion regarding international protection for audiovisual performances.
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Ongoing discussion regarding international protection for broadcasting organizations.
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Ongoing discussion regarding limitations and exceptions, including for libraries and archives and also educational activities. Read more.

Document presented by the United States on Objectives and Principles for Exceptions and Limitations for Libraries and Archives (December 2013).

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

Ongoing discussion on traditional cultural expressions/expressions of folklore.
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Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)

Ongoing work on copyright registration and documentation

Register of Copyrights Pallante spoke at the WIPO event on "Enabling Creativity in the Digital Environment: Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure", October 13-14, 2011
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Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE)

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

Universal Copyright Convention