| Commentary

88 Copyright in Europe generally

| Commentary

88 Copyright in Europe generally

Before the Council Directive on harmonising the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights, the majority of states in the European Union had adopted the minimum term for the duration of copyright specified in the Berne Convention1. However, there were a number of exceptions.

Germany protected works of its nationals for 70 years from the death of the author and Spain for 60 years from the death of the author2. France granted a general term of 60 years from the death of the author but this was extended to 70 years from the death

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