World Intellectual Property Organization Performances And Phonograms Treaty

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Phonograms and Performances Treaty (WPPT) is one of two sister treaties that entered into force on May 20, 2002. This treaty updates and improves international protection by bringing copyright law into the digital age. By improving protection of musicians and the recording industry from the threat of piracy posed by the Internet and other digital technology, artists share their works with greater confidence. Accompanying the treaty are “Agreed Statements” that are not legally binding as treaty text, but help to clarify and interpret included terms.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty provide protection to artists, performers, and phonogram producers?
Who are the countries who joined the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty?
What is the relationship of WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty to established copyright law?
What are some of the changes that the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty offers?

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