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Intellectual Property Rights (1999 - 2002)

Following significant success in achieving private sector consensus on some of the most important Intellectual Property Rights issues, the GBDe continues to focus on advocacy and refinement of existing recommendations.

As part of this forward-looking process, it has identified eight key principles regarding Intellectual Property Rights. These are:

  1. The 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaties should be promptly, faithfully and completely implemented.
  2. Appropriate legal frameworks for effective technological protection measures should be adopted and implemented.
  3. All stakeholders should intensify their search for an inter-industry consensus on open, interoperable and globally harmonized technological content protection standards for effective content protection within new digital infrastructures.
  4. The GBDe supports the rapid development and deployment of effective standard technological measures in order to avoid the proliferation of new copyright levies that could have a potentially negative impact on economic growth, business investments and global competitiveness and potentially undermine remunerative business models. In this respect, the GBDe supports flexible arrangements between collecting societies and their members to support the introduction of DRMs.
  5. The principle of "immediate offender pays" should guide liability in a general context.
  6. Governments should provide rightsholders with effective and convenient ways of pursuing copyright enforcement actions in each jurisdiction where infringement occurs.
  7. Industry should consider the voluntary adoption of the GBDe's 2000 model IPR-specific notice and takedown procedures where such procedures do not currently exist, subject to any adaptations needed to accommodate different national legal systems.
  8. Governments should actively promote public awareness of copyright and the legal framework which underpins IPRs. Public disregard for intellectual property ultimately jeopardizes the opportunity for consumers to enjoy the benefits of content distributed via new digital infrastructures.
See also these PDF downloads:
IPR: Key Priorities
GBDe Recommendations (Brussels), October 2002
EN PDF 122KB
IPR: Enforcement Regulations
GBDe Recommendations (Brussels), October 2002
EN PDF 142KB
Combating Harmful Internet Content (CHIC)
GBDe Recommendations (Brussels), October 2002
EN PDF 172KB
IPR: Technological Protection Measures
Includes Digital Rights Management Annex GBDe Recommendations (Tokyo), September 2001
EN PDF 239KB
IPR: Model Specific Notice & Takedown Procedures
Including Annexes 1 and 2 GBDe Recommendations (Miami), September 2000
EN PDF 112 KB
IPR: Content and Commercial Communications
GBDe Recommendations (Paris), September 1999
EN PDF 94KB