International Copyright

International Copyright Protection

Although there is no international copyright, the United States has copyright treaties with most countries throughout the world, and as a result of these agreements, each country respects the copyrights of the others.


A U.S. Copyright is honored in 190 countries around the world.

There is no such thing as an “international copyright” that will automatically protect an author’s
writings throughout the world. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends
on the national laws of that country. However, most countries offer protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions.

There are two principal international copyright conventions, the Berne Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property (Berne Convention) and the Universal Copyright Convention (UCC).


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