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IRIS 1995-1:13/35

Council of Europe: Draft Convention for the Protection of European Audio-visual Heritage

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Ad van Loon

European Audiovisual Observatory

Within the framework of the Council of Europe, Member States are negotiating a new international treaty: a European Convention for the Protection of European Audio-visual Heritage. The objective is, on the one hand, to encourage the legal deposit of the national audio-visual production in each of the States that will become Parties to the Convention and, on the other hand, to encourage the availability of copies of audio-visual works of all origins for cultural purposes.

At the end of December 1994, a meeting took place to discuss a draft version of the Convention. Three of the bigger Member States of the Council of Europe asked for a revision of certain draft provisions. A final version will be presented to the Committee of Ministers for approval at the end of this year with a view to opening the Convention for signature at the beginning of 1996 on the occasion of the Ministerial Conference on Cinema which will take place in Budapest.