Delegation of the European Union
to the International Organisations in Vienna

39th Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) - EU Statement - Agenda Item 8: Proposal from Senegal and Congo to include the Resale Right (droit de suite) in the Agenda of Future work by the SCCR

Geneva, 21/10/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 191029_3
Statements on behalf of the EU

39th Session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Geneva, 21-25 October 2019 EU Statement - Agenda Item 8: Proposal from Senegal and Congo to include the Resale Right (droit de suite) in the Agenda of Future work by the SCCR

Chair,

As expressed at the last meetings of this Committee, the European Union and its Member States thank and support the delegations of Senegal and Congo for their proposal to include the resale right (droit de suite) in the Agenda. We also look forward to the update on ongoing work carried out by the task force of Members and experts about the practical elements of the artist's resale right.

The EU attaches great importance to the resale right. The resale right has formed part of the EU legal framework for more than a decade and there is dedicated legislation applicable, and ample experiences to draw from, in EU Member States. Against this background, we continue to give our strong support for a discussion on the resale right at the SCCR.

We would like to recall that the proposal to include the topic in the agenda of the SCCR goes back to SCCR 27 and was tabled at SCCR 31. For this reason, the EU and its Member States believe that, should the SCCR Agenda be expanded to cover additional items in the future, priority should be given to the resale right over any other topic.

Lastly, the EU and its Member States would like once more to urge all delegations to support the proposal of Senegal and Congo, and to accept the inclusion of the resale right as a self-standing item in the agenda of the SCCR.

Thank you.

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