European Convention relating to questions on Copyright Law and Neighbouring Rights in the Framework of Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite

(ETS No. 153)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe and the other States party to the European Cultural Convention, and by the European Union, in Strasbourg, on 11 May 1994.

Entry into force: The Convention will enter into force after 7 ratifications, including 5 member States of the Council of Europe.

Summary of the treaty

The Convention intends to safeguard the rights and interests of authors (and other contributors) as regard their works (contributions) broadcasted by satellite. It aims to promote the harmonisation of the law of the member States, and the other States Parties to the European Cultural Convention.

It defines the notion and act of broadcasting, the applicable law, and the field of application.

The Parties undertake to hold multilateral consultations within the Council of Europe to examine the application of this Convention and the advisability of revising it or extending any of its provisions.