Vietnam has become the 111th member of the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) that addresses the rights of performers and producers of phonograms in the digital environment, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced on Friday.
Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, permanent representative of Vietnam to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, handed over the instrument of accession to the WPPT to WIPO director general Daren Tang on the same day.
The WPPT addresses the rights of performers and producers of phonograms in the digital environment.
Vietnam’s accession to the WPPT aims at strengthening the protection of related rights of those two kinds of beneficiaries under relevant WIPO treaties and meeting the country’s commitments under new-generation foreign trade agreements that it has recently signed, according to Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai.
“We expected that the accession and implementation of the WPPT will encourage the development of Vietnam’s cultural industry, especially strongly promoting film and performance activities that contribute to the social-economic development of our country,” she said at the accession ceremony.
During his speech of congratulation on the accession, WIPO director general Daren Tang said the WPPT participation underlines Vietnam’s commitment to the global intellectual property system and to strengthening the rights of performers and producers in the digital environment.
“From My Tam, to Den Vau, to Son Tung MTP, musicians and creators are an increasing important part of Vietnam’s economy and the creative industries have a key role in driving growth forward,” Tang said.
“By joining this treaty, Vietnam underscores its commitment to developing these cultural and creative sectors and the jobs and opportunities that go with them.”