Berne Convention

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One of the three major international copyright treaties (see WIPO Copyright Treaty and Universal Copyright Convention for the other two). Based on the principle of national treatment (every signatory countries must extend the same pecuniary and moral rights to the works of foreign nationals as it does to the works of its own nationals), provides certain minimum protection for specified types of works (such as 50 years for authors), and forbids imposition of technicalities such as a copyright notice. Originally signed in 1886 at Berne, Switzerland, it was revised in 1914, 1928, 1948, 1967, 1971, and 1979.
Its full name is 'Berne Convention For The Protection Of Literary And Artistic Work.' Administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) along with 20 other international treaties protecting different types of intellectual-property. Also spelled as Bern convention.


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