Tuesday, 10 June 2014

What do the Slovaks, the Syrians and the Batswana have in common?

Here's another media release -- this time relating to one of WIPO's recent successes, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. According to Beijing Notification No. 3: Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances,
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of the Slovak Republic, on May 22, 2014, of its instrument of accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, adopted at Beijing on June 24, 2012.

The said instrument of accession contains the following declaration: "In accordance with Article 11, paragraph 2 of the Treaty the Slovak Republic declares that it has set conditions in its legislation for the exercise of the right to equitable remuneration." ...
Things are going a bit slowly for the Beijing Treaty so far. While Article 26 requires the ratification or accession of 30 signatory states, plus a pause of three months, before it comes into force, the Slovak Republic is only the third country to commit itself, along with unlikely bedfellows Botswana and Syria.

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