Comments and Analysis on Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

By Zhan Yi

On 26th June, the acceded countries at the diplomatic conference of WIPO signed the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (the “Treaty”); the Treaty first established the overall protection system of performers’ rights concerning audiovisual works around the world.  The Treaty has covered more than 40 countries; with China being one of them. This essay is to analyze the effect on the audiovisual industry from the new Treaty, as well as the latest copyright law revisions in China.


Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances

adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on June 24, 2012



Article 1:       Relation to Other Conventions and Treaties

Article 2:       Definitions

Article 3:       Beneficiaries of Protection

Article 4:       National Treatment

Article 5:       Moral Rights

Article 6:       Economic Rights of Performers in their Unfixed Performances

Article 7:       Right of Reproduction

Article 8:       Right of Distribution

Article 9:       Right of Rental