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Indonesia Ratifies Beijing Treaty to Protect Performers

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Switzerland-Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H. Laoly with Inspector General of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Aidir Amin Daud, and the Director General of Intelellectual Property, Freddy Harris and his officers attended  the 58th Meeting of General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the General Assembly, Yasonna addressed issues on Copyright, specifically related to the protection of audiovisual performances and Geographical Indication as well as Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression (GRTKTCE).

 “Regarding copyright, we have adopted the Marrakesh Treaty and Beijing Treaty under Law Number 28 of 2014 on Copyright”, Yasonna said in his remarks at the WIPO Headquarter, (24/9/2018).

Beijing Treaty is important to be ratified because it gives protection for performances to their audio visual works, which is an important element on developing the national creativity.  This treaty will provide legal certainty to performer’s moral and economic rights, especially to protect their performances in the digital era.

“The impact will significantly contribute to increase the growth of creative economy. And in the end, it will contribute to economic development and people’s welfare”, he said.

In addition, Yasonna said that Indonesia is currently building registration and database on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression (GRTKTCE).

“I can inform you that recently Indonesia has adopted the regulation which addresses mechanism for access and benefit sharing from genetic resources”, he said.

“Therefore, Indonesia adopted the provisions of Beijing Treaty under  Article 22 and 23 of Copyright Law. The ratification of Beijing Treaty shows a committment of Indonesia to be adaptive to the global development of Copyright”, Yasonna added.

Yasonna hopes that through the WIPO General Assembly, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) can accelerate its task in producing international legal instruments on protecting GRTKTCE.