Copyright and neighbouring rights law, which aims to protect
literary and artistic works, and the rights arising from these
works, is easily affected by social, economic, technological
and cultural developments within society. The existing law,
along with interpretation rules, at times addresses these
developments but sometimes new rules are inevitable.
The Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and
Artistic works, the first international treaty on copyrights,
has been updated several times in the 120 years since it was
signed in 1888. The 1961 Rome Convention for the Protection of
Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting
Organizations aims to protect neighbouring rights to
copyrights. These treaties are out of date, primarily due to
the rapid development of internet and information technologies.
Rather than update the existing treaties, it was decided to
introduce new ones. As a result of long-lasting studies by the
expert committees of the WIPO, which took almost...