After more than 12 years of negotiation, a new treaty which recognises the rights of audiovisual performers in their performances is set to become a reality

The World Intellectual Property Orgnisation (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference to finalise the treaty has successfully concluded in Beijing

Australia was represented at the Conference by officials from the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Representatives from the Screen Producers Association of Australia and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (the union representing Australian actors) also attended the Conference

The treaty will enter into force once it has been ratified by 30 members states. It is expected that the Australian Government will conduct a public consultation process to consider ratification of the treaty

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