Members of WIPO leave

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The vast majority of all countries are currently member of the WIPO, ensuring that cross-border and continent issues can be resolved. Also, the rights of all respective are respected by the countries that have the books. What will happen when a country like China leaves? What happens when a "rogue" state joins? How will things change? We assume leaving in this case. But we will briefly explore the other option.


  • Abolition of other inter-state treaties
  • Embargos are exercised


  • Diplomacy activity from UN and other states
  • Economic benefits


When a state like China decides that it has other priorities than complying with international treaties, it will detach itself from organisations without doubt. Same holds for states like Iran.

The question is however, how will piracy then develop, it is a question whether states will then be able to protect the rights of the authors/creators. How will the books be treated that come from those states? Will they still be trustworthy as being authentic to a new expression of art or knowledge, without a trace of plagiarism and copying?



source: WIPO history
1883 - Birth of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property
1886 - copyright Berne Convention
1893 - United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (best known by its French acronym BIRPI) was formed
1960 - BIRPI moved to Geneva
1967 - BIRPI became WIPO
1974 - WIPO became part of UN
1996 - Cooperation with WTO

History timeline, copied from WIPO Site

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