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How have copyright and related rights kept up with advances in technology?

The field of copyright and related rights has expanded enormously during the last several decades with the spectacular progress of technological development that has, in turn, yielded new ways of disseminating creations by such forms of communication as satellite broadcasting, compact discs, and DVDs. Widespread dissemination of works via the Internet raises difficult questions concerning copyright and related rights in this global medium. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is fully involved in the ongoing international debate to shape new standards for copyright protection in cyberspace. In that regard, the organization administers the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT), known as the “Internet Treaties”. These treaties clarify international norms aimed at preventing unauthorized access to and use of creative works on the Internet.

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