WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 20/05/2002


Intellectual property

Sub category

Neighboring Rights



What is it about?

This Treaty adapts the international protection of copyrights and neighbouring rights to the economic, social, cultural and technological evolution of the end of the 20th century. It deals with intellectual property rights of performers (actors, singers, musicians, etc.) and producers of phonograms (the persons or legal entities who or which take the initiative and have the responsibility for the fixation of the sounds). The protection offered to phonogram reproductions is extended to digital technology. Performers and producers of phonograms are granted the exclusive right to authorize the direct or indirect reproduction, distribution, rental and making available of their performances in any manner or form. State parties also agree to adopt national legislation and regulations that sanction infringements of the provisions of the Treaty. State parties are required to provide nationals of other State parties with the same protection as their own nationals (principle of national treatment).

Why is it relevant?

This Treaty protects the rights of performers and producers of phonograms for technological advances not covered by the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations or by the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of their Phonograms.

Additional Information

Assisted by the International Bureau of WIPO, the Assembly of the State parties is responsible for the administration of this Treaty. Only WIPO member States and intergovernmental organizations competent in respect of matters covered under this Treaty may become party to the present Treaty.


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