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2007 - International Communication Association Pages: 44 pages || Words: 12350 words || 
1. Bates, Benjamin. and Wells, Scott. "Broadcaster Rights and the Public Interest: A Social Economic Analysis of the WIPO’s Draft Broadcast Treaty" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2007 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-11-16 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The WIPO is in the process of drafting a proposed "Treaty on the Protection of Broadcast Organizations" with the goal of beginning ratification in 2007. The proposed treaty seeks to protect broadcasters by granting them a set of exclusive rights to control distribution and use of broadcasts, mirroring current intellectual property rights. While there are a number of grounds on which to challenge the value of the Treaty, there has been little consideration of whether the Treaty will actually "protect" broadcasters by enhancing the value of their signals, and if so, whether that added value is overshadowed by a loss of social welfare. This paper applies a social economic approach to the various proposed rights, and finds that much of the potential value is likely to be offset in the long term by declines in the demand and use of their signals. Further, most "rights" will also come at the expense of other groups, resulting in an overall loss of social welfare.

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