Berne Convention

The Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works signed at Berne in 1886. The latest version of this treaty is the Paris Act of 1971, of which Canada became a member as from 26 June 1998. Until then, Canada was bound only by the 1928 version of Berne. Canada's laws nevertheless substantially complied with the Paris Act earlier because of Canada's obligations under NAFTA and later TRIPs.

The Convention on the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works signed at Berne in 1886. The latest version is the Paris Act of 1971. Canada has ratified only the 1928 version, but NAFTA and TRIPS bind it to give a high level of copyright protection equivalent to the 1971 Act. Canada will soon formally adhere to the 1971 version.

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