The US Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office today held a roundtable discussion to hear from various industry and public interest organizations before the WIPO meeting in Geneva later this month. Like last September's roundtable, the discussion was fairly informal, with each speaker given two minutes to speak, and the chance to rebut counter-arguments only after everyone in the room had a chance to talk.
Manon Ress at CPTech has a more detailed blow-by-blow account of the meeting; I'll try and summarize the main points here.
Ann Chaitovitz of the USPTO opened the discussion by noting that the WIPO General Assembly had called for a narrower signal-based treaty, and that the US delegation was interested in hearing the attendees' opinions on that, as well as particular concerns about the current draft of the treaty. Basically, a signal theft treaty would require countries to prohibit illicit retransmission of broadcasts, while an exclusive rights-based treaty would grant broadcasters ownership of their signals–in most drafts, even after the broadcast signal had been recorded by a user.