Tuesday 3 December 2013

Botswana joins Syria in Beijing sign-up

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances is not, it seems, everyone's favourite treaty.  Since it came into existence a year and a half ago, it has been ratified by just two countries: first Syria and now, according to a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) media release, Botswana.   The African republic deposited its instrument of ratification on 20 November, but the Treaty, under Article 26, will not come into force until three months after it enjoys ratification or accession from 30 eligible parties [is the criterion of 'eligible parties' there in order to exclude the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, which act like autonomous countries in their own right and probably enjoy more income than quite a few nations ...].

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