The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released their latest issue of the WIPO Magazine. This time the main focus is on the challenges for multilateralism in the field of intellectual property and that not every form of international cooperation needs to be implemented through a treaty.
Last week the newest Issue of the WIPO Magazine (56 pages in total) has been released. As WIPO’s 189 member states prepare to gather in Geneva for their annual meeting of Assemblies, Director General Francis Gurry shares his views on the challenges for multilateralism in the field of intellectual property.
In a very detailed interview, he says that “not every form of international cooperation needs to be implemented through a treaty”.
A treaty is a good way, but the main reason for such is to have put down the results in writing. “Any two states can agree to cooperate in a certain way. They may wish to cement that in an agreement but it is not essential that they do so.”
Ambitious WIPO-led project: Digitizing indigenous music
Another interesting topic is about the newest WIPO-led pilot project, digitizing indigenous music and supporting rights management. The project’s overriding aim is to ensure the Maasai themselves are in a position to manage the IP information relating to each of their recordings. IP rights management is therefore a critical component of the project.
This includes identifying who the rights holders are and how these works may be used in line with customary laws and practices.
And so began an ambitious partnership that seeks to deliver concrete benefits to the community through recording, archiving and commercializing Maasai music and other cultural expressions. “Let’s build a library of our music and sell it online”, Ole Kaunga (member of the Maasai community at Il Ngwesi, Laikipia, Kenya) said. “Like iTunes.”
Full Table of Contents
- Francis Gurry on the challenges for multilateralism in the field of intellectual property
- Exchanging accessible books across borders – as easy as ABC
- Managing rights in digitized indigenous music
- Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with global innovation
- Adding fuel to Colombia’s innovation ecosystem
- The role of intellectual property in the battle against malaria
- iQIYI on China’s booming online film market
- Branding the fragrances of the Orient: an interview with Amouage
- Brands of Moldova: a cut above
About WIPO Magazine
The WIPO Magazine explores intellectual property, creativity and innovation in action across the world. It is published in English, French and Spanish.
The Magazine is published bimonthly and distributed free of charge by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland. It is intended to help broaden public understanding of intellectual property and of WIPO’s work, and is not an official document of WIPO.