Posted Saturday 12th of September 2015 .

On 3 July 2015, Qatar deposited its instrument of ratification of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The treaty is aimed at affording certain protections to performers over their audiovisual works, and placing duties on Qatar to provide adequate legal remedies to ensure those protections. Examples of the envisaged protections include the performer’s right to be identified as the performer of the applicable work, and the exclusive right to authorise the reproduction, distribution, and commercial rental of their fixed audiovisual fixations, subject to the limitations set out in the treaty. The treaty should be complimentary to the existing neighbouring rights granted to performers under the Qatar Law on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights [QA No. 7 of 2002], and will come into force once ratified by at least 30 parties and as determined under Article 68 of the Permanent Constitution of Qatar (August 30, 2004). [Source: World Intellectual Property Organisation, notification dated July 3, 2015]

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