Global Broadcast Treaty Talks Fail

Susan Hall

Talks have broken down on an international treaty updating broadcast rights to accommodate the Internet. A U.S. official said the countries participating as part of the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization couldn't agree on how much legal and technological protection to give broadcasters.


Paul Salmon, head of the U.S. delegation, told The Associated Press:

"It became clear that there was no agreement on any of the fundamental issues of the treaty."

Negotiations set for November also will not take place, though the talks could resume some time in the future, according to Intellectual Property Watch.


European countries wanted to give broadcasters rights over any content they transmit, even it they did not create it. Telecoms such as Intel and Verizon oppose such a rights-based treaty, as do librarian and consumer groups that advocate protection for only the signal itself from piracy.

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