WIPO Copyright Treaty
Domain Name Disputes, IPR Intellectual Property Rights
WIPO Copyright Treaty, was adopted by the member
states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1996.
WIPO Copyright Treaty provides additional protections for copyright due to advances in
Ccriticism of this treaty, like its prohibition of circumvention of technical protection
measures, even where such circumvention is used in the pursuit of legal and fair use
rights, and the ccriticism that it applies a 'one size fits all' standard to all signatory
WIPO Copyright Treaty ensures that computer programs are protected as literary works and
that the arrangement and selection of material in databases.
WIPO Copyright Treaty provides authors of works with control over their rental and
distribution which they may not have under the Berne Convention alone.
WIPO Copyright Treaty also prohibits circumvention of technological measures for the
protection of works and unauthorised modification of rights management information.
WIPO Copyright Treaty is implemented in United States law through the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
The European Council approved the treaty on behalf of the European Community. European
Union Directives cover the subject matter of the treaty. Directive 91/250/EC creates
copyright protection for software, Directive 96/9/EC on copyright protection for databases
and Directive 2001/29/EC prohibits devices for circumventing "technical protection
measures" such as digital rights management.
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center offers clauses, rules and neutrals for
the following Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures:
Mediation: a non-binding procedure in which a neutral intermediary, the mediator, assists
the parties in reaching a settlement of the dispute. WIPO