If runway models are performers…is France in breach of its international obligations?

In a recent post, this GuestKat explored the possibility for runway models to claim performers’ rights under UK law (here), concluding  that runway models could make a reasonable claim for performer’s rights protection  under several legal bases. One such basis relies on the definition of "protected performers" under the Rome Convention and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) [as interpreted here]. International treaty or no international treaty, the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (CDPA) in the UK are arguably broad enough to fit runway models within the scope of performers’ rights (see also, Richard Arnold (2016) para 2.17). As such, invoking the Rome Convention and WPPT is most germane in the face of a narrow [conservative?] interpretation of the CDPA.But the UK is not the only country bound by the Rome Convention and the WPPT.  What about the other signatory countries whose domestic laws have…

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