Berne Convention
n.
An international agreement that establishes rules for copyrighting artistic works and regulating international copyright matters.

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Berne Convention
An international treaty that standardizes basic copyright protection among all of the signatory countries. A member country will afford the same treatment to a copyright owner from another country as it does to owners in its own country.
Category: Patent, Copyright & Trademark → Copyright Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Berne Convention
International
An international copyright treaty created in 1886 that requires member countries to adopt certain minimum protections for artistic and literary works. More specifically, the Berne Convention:
• Sets out three basic principles for protection:
o member countries must give works originating in another contracting country the same protection under the convention as the works of the member country's own nationals;
o protection is automatic and member countries must condition protection on compliance with any formalities; and
o protection does not depend on existence of protection in the work's country of origin, with limited exceptions.
• Requires member countries to adopt minimum standards of protection relating to the:
o types of works protected;
o rights protected (for example, the right to reproduct, translate, make adaptations and arrangements of and broadcast the work as well as the moral rights of attribution and integrity); and
o duration of protection (generally the life of the author plus 50 years).
The US became a party to the Berne Convention in 1989. Additional information, including the full text of the convention, is available on the World Intellectual Property Organization's website .

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

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