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The Berne Convention

Copyright protection of your work in other countries is governed by the laws of the particular country in question. If a country has signed and ratified the Berne Treaty then the principles of the treaty will be applied as well

is an international treaty that outlines the basic copyrights that all signatory nations will abide by.

The main points are:

  • works created in a foreign nation will be treated as if created domestically.
  • all artists have the exclusive right to authorize translations, reproduction, performance, and adaptation of their works.
  • all artists have the right of integrity and attribution.

The terms of agreement as set out in the Berne Treaty state that copyright for all original creative works set in a fixed medium are automatic and the protection should last for a minimum of 50 years after the author's death. (Excluding photographic and cinematographic works).

Under the Berne Treaty music and sound recordings are protected both nationally and internationally, through copyright and related-rights (or "neighboring rights") laws in most countries, and a series of international treaties that ensure that creative people and companies are protected in countries other than their own.

National treatment: Under Berne, an author's rights are respected in another country as though the author were a national (citizen) of that country For example, works by U.S. authors are protected by French copyright in France, and vice versa, because both the U.S. and France are signatories to Berne.

The Berne Convention covers 162 of the approximately 190 countries in the world, including most major nations. Countries which are signed up to the convention are compelled to offer the same protection to works created in other signatory nations as they would to works created in their own. Nations not signed up to the Berne Convention may have their own arrangements regarding copyright protection

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