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Saturday, 11 March 2006

SWITZERLAND RATIFIES WIPO TREATIES


The IPKat is grateful to Dr Emanuel Meyer of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Copyright and Neighboring Rights, who has tipped him off that on Friday, the Swiss Federal Council adopted a legislative message to ratify the WIPO Internet Treaties (WCT and WPPT) and to make conforming amendments to the Swiss Copyright Act.

The IPKat's limited French informs him that the main changes to the Act are enhanced rights for performers and phonogram producers, and protection of technological protection measures.

A happy beneficiary of the new Swiss performers' rights

Full details are available here.

The IPKat says that it's obviously a good time for the WIPO Internet Treaties. Only in February did the UK introduce legislaiton that would allow it to ratify the WPPT.

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