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Culture, Trade and Globalization - Questions and Answers

Division of Creativity, Cultural Industries and Copyright
Sector for Culture, UNESCO, 2000, 30 pp.

This booklet gives an excellent overview of the main facts and figures important for understanding the position of cultural goods and services within the new bilateral and multilateral trade agreements. Cultural markets are increasingly going global: trade in cultural goods has multiplied by five between 1980 and 1998. Cultural industries are growing exponentially and will continue to do so in the future. As consumption of cultural goods and services spreads all over the world, production itself tends to concentrate. The effects of those changes are yet unknown. There is still very little knowledge about the impact of this global cultural market on citizens, audiences, businesses and governments.

The 25 questions and answers presented in this publication explore the key concepts and ideas related to culture and trade and its potential for development. Their purpose is to provide a basic overview of the multilateral trade agreements that regulate the global flows of cultural goods and services, the institutions that oversee their implementation, and their possible impact on the development of domestic cultural industries. Some proposals on how to put in place national support measures and international co-operation strategies are also suggested.

For more information, please contact: Division of Arts and Cultural Enterprise UNESCO - CLT/ACE, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; tel.: 33 1 45 68 44 83; fax: 33 1 45 68 55 95; e-mail: g.alonso@unesco.org

The entire content of this booklet can be found on-line at http://www.unesco.org/culture/industries

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A Guide to the Collective Administration of Authors' Rights

UNESCO Publishing, 2000, 108 pp.

The Guide to the Collective Administration of Authors' Rights was commissioned by UNESCO from an experienced expert lawyer, Ms Paula Schepens, who has been working for many years on the collective administration of authors' rights in Belgium. The author drafted the work following a plan prepared by the UNESCO Secretariat. The work's tuitional style is intended to make the subject matter accessible to specialists and the public at large.

The collective administration of authors' rights is seen today as the most secure way of ensuring respect for published works and fair remuneration for the creation of cultural wealth, while guaranteeing ready access for the public to a constantly renewing living culture.

It is hoped that, with a wide distribution, this Guide will help above all the developing countries and those in transition towards a market economy to effectively organize their system of collective administration of copyright.

To order this publication, please contact: UNESCO Publishing, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15, France.