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World Intellectual Property Organisation

Our work at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is a special agency of the United Nations. It deals with copyright at an international level, describing itself as “the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation”. WIPO’s website is found at www.wipo.int

IAF holds permanent observer status as an international non-governmental organisation at WIPO. In particular, IAF attends WIPO’s Standing Committees on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCRs) where international copyright issues are discussed and agreements made about the international legal copyright framework. The committee members are government representatives of the 188 Member States whose governments are represented at WIPO.

IAF and other non-governmental organisations with an interest in copyright attend SCCRs to influence the debate and put their perspective to the committee members.

IAF attends these SCCRs and other meetings at WIPO to exchange information between the members of WIPO and IAF’s own membership. IAF contributes its members’ perspectives about the issues being discussed, which are centred around the rights of authors.