China Hails Signing of WIPO Audiovisual Treaty

China on Tuesday hailed the signing of an international treaty in Beijing by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on protecting audio-visual performers' rights.

Vice Premier Wang Qishan voiced congratulations on the successful holding of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, hailing the signing of the "Beijing Treaty" on audiovisual performances as an important outcome of the event, as he met with Francis Gurry, the WIPO director general.

Under the national strategy of intellectual property that has been implemented in recent years, China has made great advances in creation, adoption, protection as well as management of intellectual property, he said.

According to Wang, China has made progress in special operations fighting infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and fake products last year, with long-term mechanism being established.

He also expressed China's firm determination on protecting intellectual property to cultivate a proper environment for innovation.

"China is willing to strengthen cooperation with other nations in promoting the development of intellectual property industry," added Wang.

The WIPO Diplomatic Conference on Tuesday concluded negotiations on a "Beijing Treaty" that will shore up the rights of audiovisual performers.

The clause will strengthen the economic rights of actors and audiovisual performers and provide extra income from their work.

It will potentially enable performers to share proceeds with producers for revenues generated internationally by audiovisual productions. Performers will also be granted moral rights to prevent lack of attribution or distortion of their performances.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing that China appreciates the positive efforts made by the WIPO Secretariat and delegations from all WIPO member countries.

He said the finalization of the Beijing Treaty will greatly boost international cooperation on the protection of IPR and advance China's IPR protection.

He expressed China's pleasure in hosting the conference and contributing to the signing of the treaty, which has demonstrated sound cooperative relations between China and the WIPO, as well as China's willingness to promote international IPR cooperation.

Liu Qi, secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, also praised the signing of the Beijing Treaty as he addressed the closing ceremony of the conference.

As the country's cultural center, Beijing will strive to become the leading city of IPR protection, according to Liu.

The conference, which runs from June 20 to 26, was convened by the WIPO and hosted by the Chinese National Copyright Administration and the Beijing municipal government.

(Source: Xinhua)

2013-07-17