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International copyright protection

Initially, copyright was recognized only in certain countries, and in this regard, the territory of its operation was limited. Today in every country copyright is regulated by the local law, and therefore there is no such thing as an international copyright law. However, nearly 180 countries have ratified one treaty – the Berne Convention, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It was signed in 1886 and it is the oldest and most important treaty. The Berne Convention establishes a minimum set of standards for copyright protection worldwide. It provides creators such as musicians, poets, painters etc. with the means to control how, by whom and under what conditions their works are used. 

Berne Convention enforces a requirement that countries recognize copyrights held by the citizens of all other parties to the convention. You can see the list of all countries that signed the Berne Convention below.

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Argentina

Armenia

Afghanistan

Bangladesh

Barbados

Bahrain

Belarus

Belize

Belgium

Benin

Bulgaria

Botswana

Brazil

Brunei Darussalam

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Butane

Vanuatu

Hungary

Vietnam

Gabon

Haiti

Guyana

Gambia

Ghana

Guatemala

Guinea

Guinea Bissau

Germany

Honduras

Grenada

Greece

Georgia

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Egypt

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Israel

India

Indonesia

Jordan

Ireland

Iceland

Spain

Italy

Yemen

Cape Verde

Kazakhstan

Cameroon

Canada

Qatar

Kenya

Cyprus

Kiribati

China

Colombia

Congo

Costa Rica

Cuba

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Latvia

Lesotho

Liberia

Lebanon

Libya

Lithuania

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Mauritius

Mauritania

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Malta

Morocco

Mexico

Mozambique

Monaco

Mongolia

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Niger

Nigeria

Netherlands

Nicaragua

Niue

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Poland

Portugal

Rwanda

Romania

Salvador

Samoa

Swaziland

Senegal

Saint Lucia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Sudan

Suriname

Tajikistan

Thailand

Togo

Tonga

Tuvalu

Tunisia

Turkmenistan

Turkey

Uzbekistan

Ukraine

Uruguay

Fiji

Philippines

Finland

France

Croatia

Chad

Montenegro

Chile

Switzerland

Sweden

Sri Lanka

Ecuador

Estonia

Jamaica

Japan

Bahamas

Dominican Republic

Comoros

New Zealand

Cook Islands

The Republic of Korea

Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

The Republic of Moldova 

Russian Federation

Saudi Arabia

The Holy See

North Macedonia

United Kingdom

Solomon islands

Central African Republic

Czech Republic

Equatorial Guinea

South Africa

Antigua and Barbuda

Bolivia (Plurinational State of Bolivia)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela)

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)

United Republic of Tanzania

United Arab Emirates

Sao Tome and Principe

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Syrian Arab Republic

United States of America

Trinidad and Tobago

 

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