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How does the World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO - protect writers and artists?

In 1974 a little-known organization joined the United Nations. It was known as WIPO, short for World Intellectual Property Organization. It had its roots in 1883 when fourteen countries met in Paris and established conventions for the protection of trademarks, inventions (patents) and industrial designs. Three years later, in 1886, the Bern Convention gave birth to copyright law so that writers, musicians and artists could also receive protection for their work.

The people who attended these two congresses (1883 and 1886) formed a small organization (originally called BIRPI) based in Bern, Switzerland, with seven employees. In 1960 BIRPI moved to Geneva, reorganized, changed its name to WIPO (World International Property Organization) and joined the United Nations in 1974.

Gradually, the scope of WIPO grew, especially with the advent of the Internet. The WIPO-UNESCO Committee of Government Experts on Copyright Problems Arising from the Use of Computers to Access and Create Works held in Paris in December 1980 and June 1982 to rule on Internet issues.

It was probably this convention that first made WIPO a mainstream organization. At the beginning of the 21st century it had 182 member states and employed almost 1,000 people. There are 195 countries in the world, so not all countries subscribe to copyright law.

In the 120 years since the concept of intellectual property was first created, new creations have conquered the globe. Computer software programs, photocopiers, cell phones, televisions, books and e-books, washing machines, phones, movies, paintings, permanent hair dyes, and domain names have all become a reality.

Because information is easier to obtain (from books, reverse engineering, deconstruction, conversation, etc.), many can copy and reproduce the information themselves. Obviously, those who make the originals want to benefit from the financial proceeds of their invention and creation. However, this is not always easy.

Millions of people download music online, while business people often steal a name (Gucci, Rolex) and paste it into their wares. Intellectuals right is difficult to protect. With the deluge of new products being invented every hour, it becomes even more difficult to ensure that those who invented the product get financial and prestigious credit for it.

Most countries have copyright laws (protecting the intellectual property of writers, poets, and musicians). In the United States, copyright is in effect for the life of the author plus 70 years after death. In most countries, copyright can be inherited until the copyright has expired.

There is one exception. JM Barrie (Sir James Barry) left the copyright of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital - a children's hospital in London. This was made possible by Lord Callaghan, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the time of the copyright expiry. He granted Peter Pan a special copyright exception in the long term. However, European copyright law expired in 2007 and so the children's hospital commissioned a sequel to Peter Pan. Copyright is big business for something that sells well.

Artists, writers, inventors and musicians have the right to have their work recognized both financially and in terms of recognition.

If each country is able to pass its own intellectual property laws, why is WIPO necessary? WIPO sets international standards, examines new topics, e.g. B. patenting gene therapy and fuzzy topics like writing fanfiction. It makes it easier to resolve disputes between countries. WIPO is trying to reach a global consensus on intellectual property.

There are increasing disputes over intellectual property rights. China is currently the play’s villain. Heather Ridout, executive director of the Australian industrial group, said in a speech at a symposium on the free trade agreement between China and Australia in Beijing: “Despite efforts by the Chinese authorities in recent years to combat intellectual property rights violations, piracy and piracy persist Counterfeiting is a critical problem.

Anyone who writes on the internet knows exactly how often their work is pirated from different countries in Asia. There is nothing Google can do about it.

New knowledge and new inventions have always been built on the foundations of a previous explorer. In this sense, there is not only a moratorium on the life of intellectual property, but also a legal obligation to share intellectual property, even if it cannot be reproduced profitably for a period of time. (To patent something, it has to be original (new) and not easy to think (obvious). You cannot patent the obvious.

It has also become more and more common for many to take someone else's art or videos and recreate something else from them. Even Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice was recreated with zombies.

It is this desire to benefit from the creative ideas and inventions of others that drives the increasing number of laws related to intellectual property. However, it is not easy to monitor the legislation - especially since all countries have their own laws. It would be difficult to enforce copyright law in another country if that country did not comply with the copyright laws of your own country. WIPO tries to regulate this. Through negotiations and meetings, copyright law is gradually becoming a more international issue.

If you want to report a copyright infringement (your article has been reproduced elsewhere on the internet), you can ask Google to make sure no further traffic is directed to it.

You can make a DMCA claim here. If a book has been published elsewhere or sold without your permission, this is the place to file a DMCA complaint.