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Ratification of Cultural Diversity Convention

[english below]
Subject: Lettre sur la diversité culturelle

Chers amis,

Le travail effectué par les ONG en vue de l'adoption de la Convention sur "la protection et la promotion de la diversité des expressions culturelles" doit se poursuivre en vue de sa ratification par les Etats membres dans les meilleurs délais, afin d'en assurer l'application. C'est pourquoi nous vous invitons à maintenir vos efforts dans les pays où sont présentes vos Organisations. Nous espérons que la lettre jointe pourra vous y aider. Avec mon meilleur souvenir. Françoise Sauvage, Présidente du Comité de Liaison
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The WTO, the Internet and Trade in Digital Products

Flyer for a new book on electronic trade and WTO: The rapid development of the Internet has led to a growing potential for electronic trade in digital content like movies, music and software. As a result, there is a need for a global trade framework applicable to such digitally delivered content products. Yet, digital trade is currently not explicitly recognised by the trade rules and obligations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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Details of how NGOs can register to attend the 6th WTO Ministerial
Conference in Hong Kong, 13 to 18 December 2005, are now available at
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UNESCO convention on cultural diversity: key documents

UNESCO logo Government delegates from over 180 countries approved the final text of the Convention on Cultural Diversity (CCD) at the UNESCO General Assembly in the fall of 2005. The CCD (formally known as the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions) is meant to be an international legal agreement to implement the principle that culture cannot be reduced to a commodity. Concretely, it is meant to allow each country to exclude its cultural policies, including 'audiovisual services' - otherwise known as media - from 'free trade' deals like the WTO.

During the negotiations, progressive NGO networks like the International Network on Cultural Diversity and the campaign for Communication Rights in the Information Society called for broad civil society support for the CCD, but warned that it should not be subordinated to the WTO and should be written to support cultural and media diversity inside countries, not only between them. In addition, they had a good deal of success in lobbying for the elimination of language supporting the current extremist copyright regime, although they failed to insert references to the importance of the public domain, fair use, and the creative commons.

Now that the CCD has been approved by UNESCO, the next step is ratification by each member country.

Key Documents:
  • Final Text of the convention. [en | fr]
  • Comments by the CRIS campaign [ en | es | fr]
  • Comments by the INCD [word]
  • UNESCO overview of the Convention process
  • Daily reports from the II session of the intergovernmental meeting [Day: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 8 | 9 | 10| 11| 12 ]
  • US government: April 15 Briefing by the US State Department on their view of the UNESCO convention [download .rtf]
  • Reports from the III (final) session of the intergovernmental meeting: UNESCO report | INCD
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    Monopoly or Monopsony: A new view on corporate media practices

    The article challenges the "monopoly" view of culture industries and offers an alternative view of these industries as monopsonies. Draft of a chapter for an edited volume by Cushla Kapitzke and Chip Bruce for Peter Lang.
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