International Protection of Performers Rights
By Owen Morgan
With the development of technology such as films, sound recordings and the Internet, performers have lost control over the exploitation of their performances. The perceived need to protect performers on an international basis has led to provisions being included in three international instruments - the Rome Convention (1961), TRIPS (1994), and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (1996) - that together form an international system of performers' rights. This is the first book in English to provide a comparative analysis of the protection afforded to performers in the international systems. Although the focus is on establishing whether the international systems provide an appropriate system of protection, attention is given to the key underlying issues: from whom or from what do performers need protection; can protection for performers be justified; and what is a performance? Where appropriate, examples of domestic legislation and cases are drawn from the UK and other common law jurisdictions.
Publication Date: 10/10/2002