This last monday, July 20, a ceremony was held in which the representatives of the Corporación de Actores de Chile (Chile’s Actors Corporation) and the Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Intelectual (INAPI) (the National Institute of Intellectual Property), among other relevant institutions, ratified, alongside the Minister of Culture, Ernesto Ottone Ramírez, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The international document seeks to protect the intellectual property rights of the work of audiovisual artist and performers, providing them with a legal protection and integrating them to the international system of intellectual property. One of the benefits the treaty will provide once it enters into force will be the right and duty of artists to give or deny consent to the reproduction of their work, be it at a national or international level.
The Minister of Culture praised this achievement and commented to Bío Bio radio station, “The Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (National Council for the Arts and Culture) celebrates the ratification of this document since it is an important advance in terms of artists’ moral and patrimonial rights. The legal protection it offers will allow for the incorporation of artists and performers of audiovisual works to the international system of intellectual property. This will complement the country’s funding system for cultural projects.”
Actress Esperanza Silva, President of Chileactores, told Bío Bío that “the ratification reinforces our rights as artists and acknowledges the commitment of the State with its actors. There are still users in Chile that do not respect our rights and with this ratification we feel backed and able to demand what’s fair.”
The treaty will enter into force when at least 30 of the 64 countries that have previously signed the document, hand in the instrument with which they ratify the agreement to the World Intellectual Property Organization.