Algeria recently filed its instrument of accession to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, which regulates copyright for audiovisual performances and expands the performers’ rights by affording them more proprietary rights. The Treaty grants performers four kinds of economic rights for their performances fixed in audiovisual fixations, such as motion pictures: (i) the right of reproduction; (ii) the right of distribution; (iii) the right of rental; and (iv) the right of making available.

By way of background, the Beijing Treaty was adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, which took place in Beijing, China from June 20 to 26, 2012. Other signatories in the Middle East and North Africa region include Cyprus, Djibouti, Jordan, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The treaty is expected to enter into force in Algeria once it has been ratified by 30 eligible parties.

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