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Internet Governance Glossary


5.4 Global regulation of intellectual property rights / Global regulation of IPRs

International laws and their implementation concerning intellectual property rights (IPR), and in particular copyright and related rights especially in connection with the emerging content industries using the Internet.


The global regulation of IPRs directly affects development, because of the reduced opportunity of developing countries to access knowledge and information online. International conventions/agreements/treaties related to IPRs, such as the Berne Convention, the TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright Treaty are obligatorily observed by the signatory countries. However, they are implemented at national level into national law. That is why differences exist between countries with respect to the implementation and jurisdiction of IPR-related international law.