FRAPA ties up with WIPO to fight against format plagiarism

FRAPA ties up with WIPO to fight against format plagiarism

MUMBAI: The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) has entered into a pact with the World Intellectual Property Organization‘s (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center and will work to provide alternative dispute resolution services in cases of alleged format plagiarism.

With the partnership, the WIPO Center will take on FRAPA‘s existing mediation activity and will administer TV format-related disputes filed under the WIPO mediation and expedited arbitration rules for film and media that were put in place in December. 

Noted FRAPA chairman Ute Biernat, "Delays, costs and burdens of litigation can be damaging. This is why alternative dispute resolution (ADR) such as mediation and arbitration can help format owners, producers and broadcasters resolve their disputes out of court in a more flexible, confidential and efficient way that can also preserve their business relationships." 

Added WIPO Center director Erik Wilbers, "The WIPO center is pleased to apply its dispute resolution expertise to the format sector. ADR offers interesting benefits for parties involved in format and other creative disputes. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with FRAPA and its members."

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