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The Berne Convention

What is the Berne Convention?

Protecting the Legal Rights of Creatives

The Berne Convention is an international agreement between 168 member countries whose primary purpose is the protection of original works and to uphold the legal rights of authors and creators of these original works.

In brief, the agreement is based on three fundamental principles.

  1. Works originating in one of the Contracting Country must be given the same protection in each of the other Contracting Countries as the latter grants to the works of its own nationals (principle of "national treatment")
  2. Protection is not conditional upon compliance with any formality, rather it is automatic
  3. Protection is independent of the existence of protection in the country of origin of the work. If, however, a Contracting Country provides for a longer term of protection than the minimum prescribed by the Convention and the work ceases to be protected in the country of origin, protection may be denied once protection in the country of origin ceases.

Proof of Originality

How do you prove that your created the work?

If you cannot prove that you are the originator of a piece of work, then there are no Copyright Laws in any country that can help. Simply stating that you produced the work on such and such a date is not enough. When your content gets stolen the perpetrator can easily counter claim that he owns the work.

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