Asked about the need for organisations to become more greatly involved in disseminating information concerning multilateral agreements, Weerawit felt that public awareness had to be raised even before a text has been finalised: the public are entitled to know what will affect them, and more dialogue with the public would be a great help. In Thailand, for instance, there was little knowledge concerning the TRIPS Agreement and much information that was imparted is soon forgotten.
WikiLeaks. However, we need to listen more, to become less polarised and to pay attention to what we're doing and why we're doing it -- everyone has to say before accepting or rejecting TPP.
Rome Convention of 1961 for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations, which fail to address cable retransmissions, for example. Article 14(3) of TRIPS is notable here:
"Broadcasting organizations shall have the right to prohibit the following acts when undertaken without their authorization: the fixation, the reproduction of fixations, and the rebroadcasting by wireless means of broadcasts, as well as the communication to the public of television broadcasts of the same. [BUT ...]
Where Members do not grant such rights to broadcasting organizations, they shall provide owners of copyright in the subject matter of broadcasts with the possibility of preventing the above acts, subject to the provisions of the Berne Convention (1971)".This provision is a "pigeon under the sieve" [this relates to a folk tale of a young lady who had to give something to the king and simultaneously not give it: she offered a pigeon under a sieve and, when she handed it to the king and removed the sieve, the pigeon flew away].
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