Copyright exists in almost every country and each country's copyright laws are different. In fact, many countries' copyright laws are much different than U. S. Copyright Law. In an effort to make using copyrighted works from around the world easier for the common good, many countries have entered into copyright agreements in the form of different treaties and copyright provisions. These treaties and provisions establish obligations for treaty member countries to adhere to. These treaties and provisions also require treaty members to implement specific copyright provisions into their national copyright laws to provide more certainty and understanding about the levels of copyright protection in particular countries.
There are several treaties, agreements, and other provisions that the U. S. has signed in regards to copyright. One treaty is the Berne Convention. This treaty dictates countries to follow a principle of National Treatment. This means that countries who have signed the treaty have agreed to follow the copyright laws of each country for a foreign work. In other words, a foreign work will be protected in the U. S. in the same way and upon the same standards as would a work created within the U. S. In addition, the same protections would apply to a U. S. work in a foreign country. In other words, any U. S. work would be given the same protections in a foreign country as any works created within that country.
As a Berne Convention treaty member, there are a couple key presumptions that can be made under these treaties.
Treaties & Other Agreements
International Copyright Provisions Outlined in the US Copyright Law
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The information presented in this guide is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not offered as legal advice or counsel. Faculty, staff, students, and others associated with the college should consult an attorney for advice concerning their individual copyright situations and needs.