FRAPA, the Format Recognition and Protection Association, has announced today that it is presenting its views on a sustainable global formats industry at the second EU-China Roundtable on Copyright Protection and Licensing in the Digital Environment, which is taking place in Shanghai today.
The event is jointly organized by IP Key China — a project implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and directed by the European Commission — and the National Copyright Administration China (NCAC).
FRAPA is one of the European partners drawn from a range of industry sectors that have been invited to offer expertise to the Chinese delegates. FRAPA is the first representative organization of the international television industry to have been invited to the summit and it is thought to be first time that the topic of formats will be discussed in a diplomatic EU/China setting. The event is attended by copyright experts from both the EU and China, including government officials, industry groups and rights-holders.
Lisette Van Diepen, FRAPA management board member and a format veteran, is presenting an introduction to FRAPA’s action plan, aiming at helping international creators protect their IP. She will introduce and make the distinction between the concept of formats (as opposed to ideas) to ascertain the degree of similarity between any two formats.
Lisette van Diepen said: “At a time where Chinese companies are eager to become format exporters, it is crucial that we continue the conversation to respect and protect other people’s IP. I am therefore genuinely encouraged to have been invited to be present at this meeting in China, and represent FRAPA for this open and transparent talk around the power of IP, and the real opportunity for China to become a global force in format distribution.”
FRAPA’s action plan also highlights the suite of tools it has created over the last 20 years to protect the development of the international format sector. The Infringement Guide, released in February this year, is the latest FRAPA service designed to combat IP theft and encourage best practice within the global formats community. The first such tool — the Format Registration Service (FRS) — was launched simultaneously with FRAPA itself back in 2000. The FRS, which provides the IP-owner with an immutable date of registration, is one of the key moves in FRAPA’s 20-step guide on how to protect a format.
In 2017, FRAPA introduced the FRAPA Analysis Service (FAS) and the FRAPA Legal Report. The FAS employs a combination of expert opinion and bespoke analysis methodology to ascertain whether two formats share sufficient similarities to be considered essentially the same. The FRAPA Legal Report examines what format protection is available under international law, based on 40 reported judgements in 20 major TV territories.