Bhutan Local Governance

  Fortieth Session of the Standing Committee on the Copyright and Related Rights


The Department of Intellectual Property attended the Fortieth Session of Standing Committee on the Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO) from November 16 to 20, 2020 through a hybrid platform. The session was opened by newly elected Director General of WIPO, Mr. Daren Tang.

The SCCR was set up in 1998  and its members consists of member states of WIPO and/or of the Berne Union, observers, certain member states of the United Nations (UN) which are non-members of WIPO and/or the Berne Union, as well as a number of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.The SCCR formulates recommendation in the field of copyright and related rights for adoption by the WIPO General Assembly or a Diplomatic Conference.

Main topics that were discussed during the fortieth session of SCCR were protection of the broadcasting organization,limitations and exceptions for educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities and limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives.

The Department  is also closely working with the WIPO for  developing  the National Copyright Policy and establishing a Collective Management Organization on music.