An occasional blog on international developments related to intellectual property, innovation, development and public policy
PREFACE BY ADJUNCT PROFESSOR WENDLAND
Member countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have been discussing and negotiating substantive law topics in the field of copyright and related rights (or, “neighbouring rights”) for many years. Since 1998, they do so in WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (the SCCR). The SCCR last met in May 2022, for its 42nd time[i]. The SCCR reports to the annual meeting of WIPO’s member states, referred to as the “WIPO General Assembly” (the WIPO GA). This year’s GA took place from July 14 to 22, 2022, and it considered the report presented by the SCCR contained in document WO/GA/55/1.[ii] As invited in the report, the GA took note of the Committee’s work since the last GA and directed the SCCR to continue its work on the issues referred to in the report.
What are the substantive law issues currently on the SCCR’s agenda? What is its composition and structure? What did it report to the 2022 WIPO GA on?
To answer these questions, I invited Dr. Susan Isiko Štrba to write this blog. Susan is the author of aleading guide on copyright and access to education in developing countries.[iii] She has followed the work of the SCCR and of WIPO generally for many years and is well placed to provide her perspectives on the matter. Susan, over to you.