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What copyright protection looks like across borders

 

基础知识

There is no such thing as international copyright law, given that there is no such thing as an international legislative body to establish it.

There are such things as international copyright treaties that apply to the countries that sign them. 世界知识产权组织 (World Intellectual Property Organization) is at the center of numerous of them.

 

The Berne Convention for the Protection of 文艺作品

One of the most important of these treaties is the Berne Convention for the Protection of 文艺作品 (“伯恩”). 美国.S. 是其中之一 168个国家签署 (members) 伯恩的, representing the majority of the developed world.

这是 三个主要原则 伯恩的.

  1. 在美国, copyright holders of any other member nation have the same copyrights as American copyright holders (“国民待遇”). In other words, for example, an author of a work on a foreign website accessed in the U.S. has the same copyright privileges as an author of an American website.
  2. This protection exists regardless of whether or not the country of national origin has its own copyright law.
  3. This protection is automatic, requiring no further action from the copyright holder. So, 就像在美国一样, no registration of the copyright is necessary and no use of a copyright symbol is necessary to activate the protection.

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