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The Broadcast Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations, currently a proposal before United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization's Standing Committee, sets forth a significant expansion of copyright protection of broadcast material before it enters the public domain. Supporters of the treaty contend it offers broadcasters necessary protection in the age of digital recording machines, bit-torrents and file sharing. Detractors believe it provides broadcaster's proprietary rights to content that belongs in the public domain and that the proposed "50-year right of control" is excessive.

The treaty is the product of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an organizing body for broadcasters to lobby international regulatory bodies.


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