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Entry into force of the Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage, on the Protection of Television Productions

Treaty Office

Strasbourg 01/04/2014

The Treaty Office announces that, on 1 April 2014, the Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage, on the Protection of Television Productions (ETS n° 184) will enter into force.

The European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (ETS n°183) and its Protocol, on the Protection of Television Productions (ETS n° 184) are centered around the principle of compulsory legal deposit of all moving-image material produced or coproduced and made available to the public in each signatory State. Legal deposit involves a requirement not just to deposit a reference copy with an officially designated archive but also to look after the material and do the necessary conservation work. In addition the material has to be available for consultation for academic or research purposes, subject to the international or national rules on copyright.

The Convention and its Protocol are the first binding international instruments in this field. They introduce systematic storage of audiovisual works in film archives, where the latest conservation and restoration technology can be used for long-term prevention of deterioration.

For additional information, please consult the Treaty Office website.


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