Unions Hail Signing of International Actors Rights Treaty
SAG-AFTRA pushes for Senate ratification of Beijing treaty
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/26/2012 8:48:52 AMWorld Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which gives economic and "moral" rights to actors in TV, film and new media.
Those rights include control over the use and distribution of their performances and protection from the "distortion, mutilation, or other modification" of their performances that could hurt their reputation.
"The recognition that audiovisual performers have an ongoing interest in their work will be a tremendous boost for performers, particularly in countries that do not presently recognize these rights despite performers' valuable contribution to the diversity of content, and to the success of many national audiovisual industries," said FIA in a statement.
While the treaty has been signed, it must be ratified by at least 30 parties, according to SAG-AFTRA, which could take a year, perhaps more. SAG-AFTRA wants to make sure that the U.S. is one of them.
"SAG-AFTRA couldn't be more pleased with the effort put forward by the US government to bring this treaty into being," said executive director David White. "Now it is time for the administration to take the steps necessary to bring this treaty to the Senate for ratification, so that the US can remain in the forefront of global intellectual property rights."
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