TASS: Experts will Discuss the Advantages of the Beijing Treaty for the Intellectual Property Market

15/06/2020 14:28

TASS, June 11. The first online edition of the Creative Global Talks series on the theme “The Beijing Treaty: from Rome to Beijing” will be held on June 16 at 12 a.m. It will be attended by leading experts on intellectual property and the digital economy - representatives of state authorities, professional communities of producers and actors, experts in the field of copyright.

The discussion will focus on the Beijing Treaty on audiovisual performances, which entered into force on April 28, 2020. Experts will discuss what the entry into force of the document means, as well as how the state, business and creative sector react to this event. The conference will be held on the Zoom platform. Participants and guests of the event must first fill out the registration form, then follow the link (no earlier than an hour before the event). All registered participants will also be able to watch the event on YouTube.

The event is organized by the Confederation of Rightholders’ Societies of Europe and Asia (CRSEA). Irina Yakovleva, Deputy Secretary General of the CRSEA, member of the Committee of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) on intellectual property and creative industries, will moderate the discussion.

The Beijing Treaty is a historic Treaty for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as it is the first time at the international level that it covers the protection of the economic and moral rights of actors and performers in audiovisual works, including films, videos and television programs, said Dimiter Ganchev, Deputy Director of the WIPO Copyright Management Division.

Andrey Krichevsky, General Secretary of the CRSEA, Chairman of the RSPP Committee on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries, stressed that the application of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances will help support representatives of the Russian creative industries during the COVID-19 pandemic: “The Coronacrisis has once again shown that the system of intellectual property protection needs to be modernized. Otherwise, it will not correspond to the current realities of the digital world. I am sure that the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty will cause an economic upsurge in the creative economy and allow the digital space to become one of the main channels for monetization of audiovisual works.”

Krichevsky added that representatives of the film and theater industries will be the first to feel the effect of the entry into force of the Beijing Treaty, as their platforms are leading in the distribution of audiovisual content.

Academic Director of the Scientific and Educational Center for Intellectual Property and Digital Economy, Chairman of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on Intellectual Property, Doctor of Law, Professor Ivan Bliznets is confident that the entry into force of the Treaty will allow the full application of international intellectual property law: “The Beijing Treaty is a new tool for protecting the rights of artists when creating audiovisual works. It implies the unity of the legal system for all parties to the Treaty, the ability of courts in each country to apply protection measures against all creators of audiovisual works. Accordingly, the practice of the courts will take into account the new rules of the contract and adapt to them.”

Ekaterina Chukovskaya, Director of the Scientific and Educational Center for Intellectual Property and Digital Economy, Vice-President for R&D of the Intellectual Property Federation, spoke about the nuances of compliance with and application of the Beijing Treaty: “We must be aware that such documents do not interfere with national regulation, but impose international obligations on the state. I don't think that relations in the international audiovisual market will change correctly. The main problems will be related to the principles of collection and distribution of remuneration, but there are well-established models and practices in this area that will not be difficult to adapt.”

The online conference will also feature the legal adviser to the Association of Film and Television Producers, the General Director of FTM Entertainment, and a PhD in Law​​​​ Sergey Semenov, Deputy Director of the Department of Copyright and Legal Infrastructure of the World Intellectual Property Organization Dimiter Ganchev, Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Culture and Preservation of Spiritual Heritage of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Independent Trade Union of Theater and Film Actors Denis Kiris, Deputy Chairman of Kyrgyzpatent Samat Baizakov, Head of the Department of Copyright and Related Rights of Kyrgyzpatent Yrys Tursunalieva, Artistic Director of the Regional Youth Theater and Folklore Laboratory, Russian drama theater and cinema actor, musician Maxim Linnikov, as well as a representative of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation.

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, signed by 74 countries and ratified by 33 parties, is a multilateral agreement governing related rights to audiovisual works. The document protects the intellectual property of performers in terms of audiovisual performances and affects the rights to reproduce, distribute, rent, broadcast and make available to the public. The world intellectual property organization (WIPO) administers the Treaty. The agreement extends the economic rights of performers, authors and owners of audiovisual works, and provides them with the opportunity to receive income from the distribution of creative products at the international level.

Age limit 12 +

Information Note

The Confederation of Rightholders’ Societies of Europe and Asia (CRSEA) is an international non – governmental organization that includes leading national societies that manage various categories of copyright and/or related rights in the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the BRICS countries and other countries.

In April 2018, CRSEA became a member of the International Non-governmental Organization the “Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly” which forms an integration model of the Greater Eurasian Partnership at the public level, bringing together more than 2,500 representatives of non-profit organizations, business and intellectual elite from 67 countries of the Eurasian continent.

CRSEA is an associate member of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and has the status of an observer organization of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The CRSEA headquarters is located in Moscow.