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WIPO Copyright Convention

The WIPO Copyright Convention is an international treaty on copyright law adopted by the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1996. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) The Convention provides for additional protection of copyright that is necessary because of advances in technology Information since the formation of previous copyright treaties.

There has been a variety of criticisms of this treaty including that it is very broad (eg in its prohibition of circumventing technical protection measures even where this circumvention is used in the pursuit of legal and fair use rights) and it applies to "one size fits all" as the standard for all Signatories despite the various stages of large-scale economic development and knowledge industry. As regards protection of the layout-designs of integrated circuits, Article 35 of the Agreement requires Members to comply with Articles 2 through 7 (other than Article 6.3), Article 12 and Article 16.3 of the Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits, adopted at Washington on 26 May 1989. The Agreement contains some references to certain provision of the Rome Convention (the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations, adopted at Rome on 26 October 1961). However, there is no general obligation to comply with the substantive provisions of that Convention.