WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT)

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  • It came in force on May 20, 2002, and has 96 contracting parties as its members.
  • WPPT deals with rights of two kinds of beneficiaries, particularly in the digital environment – 
    (i) Performers (actors, singers, musicians etc.) 
    (ii) Producers of Phonograms (Sound recordings).
  • The treaty empowers right owners in their negotiations with new digital platforms and distributors.
  • It recognizes the moral rights of the performers for the first time & provides exclusive economic rights to them.