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WIPO AV Performances Treaty Concluded in Beijing

June 27, 2012

Contact: Antoinette Follett
(315) 422-4488 ext. 106

(New York, NY) — American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) International President Ray Hair is pleased to announce that the Diplomatic Conference convened by the United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) came to a successful conclusion Tuesday, June 26, 2012, when the negotiators from WIPO’s Member States signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances.

In his closing statement, Hair congratulated WIPO and its Member States on the historic treaty negotiation. “The fruits of this agreement will surely improve the lives of performing artists throughout the world,” he said. “We are honored and delighted to have been present to witness this triumph of collaboration.”

Representatives of the AFM attended the negotiations under Observer status as a WIPO Nongovernmental Organization (NGO). The AFM delegation consisted of AFM Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, and International Officers Vince Trombetta (president of AFM Local 47, Los Angeles), Tino Gagliardi (president of AFM Local 802, New York City), Dave Pomeroy (president of Local 257, Nashville), and President Hair.

“The AFM is here to join with others in affirming this commitment, and resolves to support the mandates and principles embodied in the new instrument adopted by the conference,” Hair concludes. “We urge the expeditious ratification of this treaty by all member states in order to transform its historic words into appropriate action.”
The Diplomatic Conference was attended by 156 Member States, six intergovernmental organizations, and 45 nongovernmental organizations—the highest participation ever at a WIPO Diplomatic Conference. A total of 131 delegations signed the treaty, 41 with full powers of approval, including the United States of America.

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