Internet Governance Glossary

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7.4.5 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works / Berne Convention

The Berne Convention (first accepted in 1886) requires its signatories to recognize the copyright of works of authors from other signatory countries (known as members of the Berne Union) in the same way as it recognizes the copyright of its own nationals. In addition to establishing a system of equal treatment that internationalised copyright amongst signatories, the agreement also required member states to provide strong minimum standards for copyright law.