30/11/1981 - 07/12/1981

Pursuant to the deliberations of the Executive Committee of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Union) and the Intergovernmental Committee of the Universal Copyright Convention at their sessions from 5 to 9 February 1979 and to the decisions of the respective governing bodies of Unesco and WIPO, the Secretariat of Unesco and the International Bureau of WIPO convened a Working Group on the Intellectual Property Aspects of Folklore Protection, which met in Geneva from 7 to 9 January 1980, to study a draft of model provisions intended for national legislation as well as international measures for the protection of works of folklore.

In conclusion, this working group recommended, in respect of the said model provisions, that a revised draft of model provisions for national laws on the above subject and commentary thereon should be prepared by the two Secretariats and presented for further consideration at a subsequent meeting. The Secretariat of Unesco and the International Bureau of WIPO prepared the said revised text and commentary thereon and jointly convened the second meeting of the Working Group on the Intellectual-Property Aspects of Folklore Protection, composed of the same group of experts, for consideration of the same. This second meeting of the aforementioned working group was held at Paris from 9 to 13 February 1981. The working group adopted the model provisions for national laws on the protection of expressions of folklore which, along with the commentary thereon to be revised by the two Secretariats, will be presented for further consideration at the meeting of governmental experts to be convened jointly by Unesco and WIPO from 28 June to 2 July 1982.


  • Protection of folklore: working groups on the intellectual property aspects of folklore protection
    B/EC/XIX/14; IGC(1971)/IV/17; CPY.81/CONF.003/COL.: English