Berne Convention

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

The Berne Convention is the common name for a landmark international agreement on copyright that over 160 countries have signed, thus standardizing many copyright concepts throughout the world.

Formally titled “Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works” the agreement is named for the city in which it was first accepted — Bern in Switzerland — in 1886. The text has been revised several times, lastly in 1979.

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