The 14th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Copyright Committee was held from 7 to 9 June 2010 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
This meeting was the occasion for discussions and debates on the implementation of the Universal Copyright Convention and current copyright issues. From 7 to 9 June 2010, the 18 Member States, 50 observers States and a dozen non-governmental organizations attended the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Copyright Committee.
The items on the agenda of this session included topics highlighting the role of the Internet in cultural life. Participants discussed the challenges involved in striking the right balance between protection of copyright and access to knowledge, information and culture and debated the subject of the fight against piracy.
This session was also the opportunity for members of the Committee to reiterate the important role of UNESCO in the field of copyright and to emphasize its dual obligation to promote access to knowledge and protect the rights of artists and creators.
Members of the Committee have decided to assign a watch function to the UNESCO Secretariat, which is required to inform them of any important new international development concerning copyright. Finally, the Committee conducted a partial renewal of its members. Committee members are now Algeria, Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cuba, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Ukraine and United States of America. The Committee also re-elected Abdellah Ouadrhiri, Director-General of the Moroccan Copyright Office, as Chairman of the Committee.
For more information: www.unesco.org/culture/en/creativity/copyright-committee