India and the Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations
Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 52, Issue No. 45, November 2017
8 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2017 Last revised: 12 Dec 2017
Date Written: November 11, 2017
This paper analyses the key provisions of the Proposed Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations (the BT) that were considered at the 33rd Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). The key question that arises in this context is whether India needs the BT and if yes on what terms. Existing digital divide makes traditional broadcasting as the primary means of mass communication in India. Rampant signal piracy grievously hampers the programming output of traditional broadcasters. As India progress in her unrelentles pursuit to become an information society; she cannot afford the withering of its traditional broadcasters. In this vein, India should urgently endorse a balanced BT; albeit not at the cost of its national interest.
Keywords: broadcasters right; rome convention; signal piracy
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