The State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) will sign on June 26 an international treaty protecting the intellectual property rights of audiovisual performers (such as film and TV actors and actresses) within the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances held in Beijing, on June 20-26, 2012.
According to the AGEPI administration, Moldova is represented in the international event by a delegation led by AGEPI Director Lilia Bolocan, as well as Nicolae Damaschin, member of the Audiovisual Coordinating Council.
The Agency said that its representatives actively participate in drafting the new international agreement as a specialized governmental body and is authorized to sign it.
About 700 delegates from 150 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member countries, as well as from 6 inter-governmental organizations and about 40 non-governmental organizations take a part in the conference.
Addressing the conference opening, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that audiovisual performers get new opportunities in the digital environment, as well as risks.
“Digital technology and the Internet offer the promise of a global audience and the unprecedented availability of creative works. At the same time, they make creative works increasingly vulnerable to unfair exploitation. The Beijing Treaty will enable performers to interact with greater confidence with the digital environment. It will remedy a widely perceived injustice of the unequal treatment of audiovisual performances, compared to musical performances, at the multilateral level”, Gurry said.