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The 50th anniversary of the Rome Convention for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations: reflections on the background and importance of the Convention

Gillian Davies

Keywords: Rome Convention; Berne Convention; performers; sound recordings; phonograms; broadcasts; related rights; copyright; authors' rights; new technology; audiovisual performances; TRIPs; WPPT

In October 2011, the Rome Convention for the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and broadcasting organisations celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its adoption at Rome on 26 October 1961. The occasion was marked by a series of Conferences which took place in Budapest, Copenhagen and London to mark the influence that the Convention has had on the development of the law of copyright and related rights in the past half century, and to evaluate its continuing impact. In this article the author reflects on the origins, making and development of the rights protected under the Convention during this period and takes stock of its relationship to the Berne Convention and its influence on national and EU law, as well as international law in the context of the TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.

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