| Commentary

77 USA: restoration of copyright

| Commentary

77 USA: restoration of copyright

In December 1994, the USA passed its most widespread legislation in respect of copyright, implementing the GATT Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights1. The most significant change introduced by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act 1994 is the restoration of copyright in works that had fallen into the public domain2 (which means they become unprotected by copyright).

Works would have fallen into the public domain in the USA if they were not simultaneously published in the USA within 30 days of first publication, or they failed to contain a notice prescribed by Article III of

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