WIPO Copyright Treaty

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 06/03/2002

Category

Intellectual property

Sub category

Copyright

Groups

OPENESS TO MTRSWIPO

What is it about?

This instrument, which supplements the Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern, 9 September 1886), updates the legal provisions to protect copyrights in the light of digital technologies. According to its provisions, computer programs benefit from the protection as literary works within the meaning of Article 2 of the Bern Convention of 1886. It also ensures that compilations of data (databases) or other material, in any form, which by reason of the selection or arrangement of their contents constitute intellectual creations, are protected as such. Applying mutatis mutandis the provisions of the Bern Convention, the WIPO Copyright Treaty gives authors the exclusive right to authorize the distribution, the renting and the public communication of their works. Additionally, State parties are required to adopt laws designed to punish those responsible for copyright infringements. Exceptionally, State parties may apply limitations or exceptions to the rights granted if these restrictions do not conflict with a normal exploitation of the work and do not unreasonably prejudice the legitimate interests of the author.

Why is it relevant?

The present Treaty protects authors from unauthorized usage of their work via modern technologies not covered by the Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern, 9 September 1886).

Additional Information

In the case of a conflict, the provisions of the 1886 Bern Convention prevail over the provisions of the present Treaty. The Special Union created by this Convention is composed of an Assembly and the International Bureau of WIPO. Only WIPO member States may become a party to this instrument.

  • Universal Copyright Convention (Paris, 24 July 1971) 1. Annex 1 of the Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on 24 July 1971 concerning the application of that Convention to works of Stateless persons and refugees (Paris, 24 July 1971) 2. Annex 2 of the Universal Copyright convention as revised at Paris on 24 July 1971 concerning the application of that Convention to the works of certain international organizations (Paris, 24 July 1971)
  • Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern, 9 September 1886)

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Albania06/05/2005
Algeria31/10/2013
Argentina09/11/1999
Armenia06/12/2004
Australia26/04/2007
Austria14/12/2009
Azerbaijan11/01/2006
Bahrain15/09/2005
Belarus15/07/1998
Belgium30/05/2006
Benin16/01/2006
Bosnia and Herzegovina25/08/2009
Botswana27/10/2004
Bulgaria29/03/2001
Burkina Faso19/07/1999
Burundi12/01/2016
Canada13/05/2014
Chile11/04/2001
China09/03/2007
Colombia29/11/2000
Costa Rica23/03/2000
Croatia03/07/2000
Cyprus04/08/2003
Czech Republic10/10/2001
Denmark14/12/2009
Dominican Republic10/10/2005
Ecuador21/06/2000
El Salvador20/10/1998
Estonia14/12/2009
Finland14/12/2009
France14/12/2009
Gabon06/12/2001
Georgia04/07/2001
Germany14/12/2009
Ghana18/08/2006
Greece14/12/2009
Guatemala04/11/2002
Guinea25/02/2002
Honduras20/02/2002
Hungary27/11/1998
Indonesia05/06/1997
Ireland14/12/2009
Italy14/12/2009
Jamaica12/03/2002
Japan06/06/2000
Jordan27/01/2004
Kazakhstan12/08/2004
Kyrgyzstan10/09/1998
Latvia22/03/2000
Liechtenstein30/01/2007
Lithuania18/06/2001
Luxembourg14/12/2009
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)04/11/2003
Madagascar24/11/2014
Malaysia27/09/2012
Mali24/01/2002
Malta14/12/2009
Mexico18/05/2000
Moldova13/03/1998
Mongolia25/07/2002
Montenegro04/12/2006
Morocco20/04/2011
Netherlands14/12/2009
Nicaragua06/12/2002
Oman20/06/2005
Panama17/03/1999
Paraguay29/11/2000
Peru30/07/2001
Philippines04/07/2002
Poland23/12/2003
Portugal14/12/2009
Qatar28/07/2005
Republic of Korea24/03/2004
Romania01/02/2001
Russian Federation05/11/2008
Saint Lucia24/11/1999
Senegal18/02/2002
Serbia13/03/2003
Singapore17/01/2005
Slovakia14/01/2000
Slovenia19/11/1999
Spain14/12/2009
Sweden14/12/2009
Switzerland31/03/2008
Tajikistan05/01/2009
Togo21/02/2003
Trinidad and Tobago28/08/2008
Turkey28/08/2008
Ukraine29/11/2001
United Arab Emirates14/04/2004
United Kingdom14/12/2009
United States of America14/09/1999
Uruguay05/03/2009
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19971
19985
19996
20009
20019
20029
20035
20046
20056
20065
20075
20084
200920
20111
20121
20131
20142
20161
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