Thank you, Chair.
The EU and its Member States would like to thank the Chair, the Vice-Chairs, the Secretariat and the interpreters for their efforts in successfully conducting the discussions carried out in this Committee. We will continue to engage constructively in these useful and relevant discussions.
The work towards a treaty for the protection of broadcasting organizations is of great importance for the European Union and its Member States. The discussions and clarifications at the informal sessions and at the meeting of the Friends of the Chair were of great value and helped us to further understand the aims and ideas behind the respective proposals. We would like to thank all delegations for their engagement. We remain fully committed to finalising a treaty which reflects the realities and developments of the twenty-first century. In this context, we look forward to making further progress on certain essential issues such as the object of protection and the rights to be granted when we continue these discussions at the next session.
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the comprehensive work that has been carried out under the two agenda items on limitations and exceptions. In particular, we would like to thank Dr. Crews, Professor Xalabarder and Ms. Torres for their respective presentations and the informative question-and-answer sessions. We believe that the presentations and subsequent discussions were of great value and highlighted the significance of the work undertaken for the topics discussed under these agenda items.
We would also like to thank the Secretariat once more for organizing the International Conference on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Educational & Research Institutions prior to this session. We extend our thanks to the Chairs and Rapporteurs from the Regional Meetings in Singapore, Nairobi and Santo Domingo, for providing us reports from the interesting discussions held at the meetings.
In this context, taking account of the reports from the Conference and the Regional Meetings, we would like to reiterate our belief that a meaningful outcome of our work in the field of limitations and exceptions could be guidance to Member States regarding best practices, taking advantage of the flexibility of the international copyright legal framework to adopt, maintain or update national exceptions that respond to local needs and traditions. We have taken note with appreciation of the broad support that has emerged for further work at the national and regional levels and the reflections on how WIPO could best provide assistance in this regard. This is a good starting point for discussions on the way forward regarding the Committee’s work on limitations and exceptions.
Lastly, we are grateful for updates on the work under the agenda item “Other matters” by the Secretariat and by Professors Gendreau and Sergo. We would also like to thank Ms. Butler for the interesting presentation on the global digital music market. When it comes to the artists’ resale right (droit de suite), we are pleased to note the increasing support to include it as a self-standing agenda item in the Committee’s agenda.