The Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have today signed a treaty on the protection of audiovisual performances. “The agreement reached on this treaty today in Beijing is very important because it is the first international treaty in the area of copyright concluded within the WIPO since 1996. It is also the first international intellectual property treaty signed in China,” said Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. “Actors are ambassadors for cultural expression and exchange. They have to be able to earn their living from their artistic contribution, because without the means to express themselves, no cultural expression would be possible.” Here to read more.