Commentary

18 Establishing the extent of copyright and related rights protection in foreign states

ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA vol 15(1) commentary, music industry documentation
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18 Establishing the extent of copyright and related rights protection in foreign states

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4: INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT AND RELATED RIGHTS PROTECTION

18 Establishing the extent of copyright and related rights protection in foreign states

It is possible to determine the likely minimum prevailing protection afforded to the various categories of copyright and related rights in any foreign state by establishing which international treaties that state is a signatory to and applying the minimum standards of protection required by that treaty. Whilst it should not be assumed that each state has fully complied with all its treaty obligations (the United Kingdom failed to comply with its Berne Convention obligations to protect moral rights of authors for over 30 years) they should, at least, provide a reasonable indication of the likely level of protection available.

The signatories to the various international copyright and related rights conventions and treaties are shown on the table set out below.

The precise date of the entry into force of any particular treaty in any individual state may be established by referring to the notes in the summary of that treaty in the previous Paragraphs.

States which are members of the European Union will additionally be bound by the terms of relevant European Union media-related directives which are summarised in Paragraph 98 onwards.

States which were members of the European Union as at 1 January 2014 are indicated by the symbol * after their name in the table. A list of such states together with their dates of accession is set out in the notes to Paragraph 4 above.

States which are European Union Candidate Members as

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