Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

  • Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) is international copyright agreement that mandates equal treatment of copyrighted works by signatories, known as Berne Union.
  • It was adopted in 1886 in Berne, Switzerland.
  • The convention requires signatory member countries to recognize copyrighted literary or artistic works in same way that its national copyrights are recognized.
  • Under it, all works (except cinematography and photography) are copyrighted for minimum 50 years term after death of author, but longer terms may be provided to related parties.
  • It also allows signatories to apply fair use of copyrighted works in other broadcasts or publications, as reflected in  WIPO Copyright Treaty, 1996.
  • India has been member of Berne Convention since April 1928.

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