WIPO’s Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances Set to Enter into Force with Indonesia's Ratification

Geneva, January 28, 2020

The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances gained a key 30th member, allowing entry into force of the international agreement designed ultimately to improve earning conditions for actors and other audiovisual performers vital to the films and television shows beloved by viewing publics worldwide.

With the ratification of Indonesia on January 28, 2020, the Beijing Treaty will enter into force for its 30 contracting parties on April 28, 2020. WIPO member states in 2012 approved the Treaty at a Diplomatic Conference hosted by the Chinese Government in Beijing, from where the Treaty takes its name.

“Many audiovisual performers – television and film actors, musicians, dancers, choreographers and others – never reap great fortunes and could in fact use some support in ensuring the sustainability of their livelihoods.” WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

“The Beijing Treaty is the most important thing that has happened to actors since the invention of cinema.” Javier Bardem, Actor

Source (WIPO Website): https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2020/article_0002.html