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international copyright laws

Overview:

This section is still under development. Hopefully, we will publish updated in Summer 2007.

There is a growing body of international law that attempts to extend and secure copyright protection worldwide. Enforcing international standards has proven a difficult matter.


Notes on International Copyright Laws:
    In 1989, United States became a party to the Berne Convention. Under the Berne Convention, copyrights for creative works do not have to be asserted or declared, as they are automatically in force at creation. The Berne Convention also provides that foreign authors be treated equivalent to domestic authors in any country signed onto the Convention. The Berne Convention Implementation Act of 1988 implements this international copyright law in the United States.

    The World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (the WIPO Copyright Treaty) was an international treaty on copyright law adopted by the WIPO member states in 1996.


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