Copyright Territory

Copyright protection is “territorial,” which means that copyright protection depends on the national laws where protection is sought.  However, most countries are members of the Berne Convention on the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (the Berne Convention) and/or the Universal Copyright Convention, the two leading international copyright agreements or treaties, which provide important protections for foreign authors.

In accordance with these treaties, authors of works in one treaty country shall enjoy in other treaty countries the same protection as other treaty countries accord to works of its nationals.

For a list of treaty countries to each respective treaty, see Treaty Countries to the Berne Convention and Treaty Countries to the Universal Copyright Convention.

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