LCA Requests Hearings on U.S. Government’s Negotiation Position on Broadcast Treaty

On October 18, 2005, the Library Copyright Alliance delivered letters to Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Patrick Leahy, Representative Howard Berman, and Representative Lamar Smith. The letters request that hearings be held concerning the negotiating position of the U.S. government with respect to the Broadcast Treaty. For several years, the Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office have been participating in discussions at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) concerning a proposed Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations. The WIPO General Assembly recently decided to attempt to convene a diplomatic conference to finalize the Broadcast Treaty in late 2006 or early 2007.

Read the Berman Letter [PDF]

Hatch Letter [PDF]

Leahy Letter [PDF]

Smith Letter [PDF]

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