International Policy

Digital media knows no boundaries, so DiMA works with its members and international organizations in support of positive global policies and business practices.

International Diplomatic Organizations

DiMA is an official non-governmental organization (NGO) participant in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Delegations representing more than 160 countries develop intellectual property treaties and exchange ideas related to patents, copyrights, trademarks, folklore and other IP issues. Because WIPO treaties frequently lead to amendments to national laws, DiMA views WIPO as a window into the future and an opportunity to shape global and national policy.

  • Webcaster Anti-Piracy Protection
    WIPO is currently considering an international treaty to strengthen broadcasters’­ protections against signal piracy. DiMA has regularly participated in meetings of WIPO’­s Standing Committee on Copyrights and Related Rights (SCCR) and lobbied for expansion of the proposed treaty to include signal protection for webcasters, on the basis that creators and investors in webcast programming deserve similar rights and protections as creators and investors in broadcast programming.

    The U.S. Government has supported this technologically-neutral approach to the treaty, which will be further debated in 2006 and likely finalized in early 2007.

    View DiMA’­­s web page on the Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations for detailed information and updates.
DiMA also follows policy developments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), though DiMA's active involvement has been limited.

Non-U.S. Legislatures and Courts

In Europe, DiMA coordinates with the European Digital Media Association (EDiMA), an organization of European webcasters and digital media services whose membership includes several companies that are also DiMA members.