World Intellectual Property Organization Conference Update

Monday, September 29, 2014

Earlier this week, CISAC and a group of creators led by CISAC President Jean Michel Jarre took the centre stage at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) headquarters in Geneva, on the occasion of WIPO’s General Assembly.
On Monday evening, at the Inauguration of WIPO’s new conference hall, Jean Michel Jarre gave a passionate keynote speech on the importance of authors’ rights and the contribution of creators to cultural, social and economic welfare. Jarre then brought to the stage two performers, Susana Baca from Peru and Ismael Lo from Senegal, who performed in front of a large audience of Ministers of Culture, ambassadors and diplomats from WIPO’s 187 Member States.
Yesterday, in a special lobbying event organised by CISAC, six creators from different countries spoke to delegates about their priorities, concerns and vision for the future of copyright.  Titled “A Sustainable Future for Authors”, the panel included Jean Michel Jarre, Hervé Di Rosa (Visual Artist from France, Vice-President of French visual art society ADAGP and Chair of CIAGP, the  International Council for Visual Arts); Angèle Diabang (Director and Screenwriter from Senegal); Daphna Levin (TV Screenwriter and Director from Israel);Vinod Ranganath (Playwright, Screenwriter and Director from India); and Eddie Schwartz (Songwriter, Co-Chair of Music Creators North American (MCNA) and President of the Songwriters Association of Canada). WIPO’s Director General, Francis Gurry joined the panellists to conclude the discussion.
The panel emphasized to policy-makers the important role of creators in the new digital economy. It focused on the power of creativity as a source of economic development; the need to secure a sustainable creative eco-system; the crucial role of collective management in the digital world; and the need for a dialogue between all stakeholders on business models that ensure fair remuneration for creators.
These events represented the largest presence of creators and CISAC at WIPO to date.

Photos from the two events are available here: