Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Do I have to register my copyrights all over the World?

The Berne Copyright Convention and the GATT treaty allow authors in the United States to enforce their federally registered copyrights in most industrialized nations, and allow the nationals of those nations to enforce their registered copyrights in the United States.  All Berne Convention nations must offer copyright protection that lasts for at least the life of the author plus 50 years.  This protection is automatic without the need to take any legal steps to preserve the copyright internationally.

Important Proviso: The above material does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Each locality has differing laws. A legal matter cannot be satisfactorily resolved without a comprehensive review and analysis of all the unique facts and laws at issue by an able attorney. Your matter may result in a loss of rights if you do not timely retain such an attorney.

Contact: If you would like to discuss this matter further in a more private forum, please feel free to contact me directly at the email address provided through my firm’s website located at http://www.BealBusinessLaw.com.

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