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Contracting Parties > Berne Convention > Berlin Act (1908) (Total Contracting Parties : 38)

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Australia Declaration of Continued Application: April 14, 1928April 14, 1928
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1913, No.12, p.165 and Le Droit d'auteur 1912, No.7, p.90)
  • Application of the Berlin Act (1908) to Papua: February 1, 1913. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1913, No.12, p.165)
  • Application of the Berlin Act (1908) to Norfolk Island: July 1, 1912. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1913, No.12, p.165)
Austria Accession: September 11, 1920October 1, 1920
BelgiumNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Brazil Accession: February 6, 1922February 9, 1922
Bulgaria Accession: December 5, 1921December 5, 1921
Canada Declaration of Continued Application: April 10, 1928April 10, 1928
DenmarkNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 28, 1912July 1, 1912
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number IV, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect to the production of articles published in newspapers or periodicals. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1912, No.7, p.90)
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) included the Faroe Islands. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1912, No.7, p.90)
Estonia Accession: June 9, 1927June 9, 1927
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (2) Article 11, paragraph 2, of the Act is replaced by Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the right to authorize the public performance of translations of dramatic or dramatico-musical works. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1927, No.8, p.89)
Finland Accession: March 23, 1928April 1, 1928
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number IV, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect to the production of articles published in newspapers or periodicals. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1928, No.4, p.45)
FranceNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 30, 1910September 9, 1910
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: In respect to the protection of works of art applied to industry, Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Act is replaced by Article 4 of the Berne Convention, 1886, (N.B. the latter article does not include said works among literary and artistic works). (see Le Droit d'auteur 1910, No.7, p.86)
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) included colonies and protectorates. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1930, No.7, p.73)
GermanyNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Greece Accession: November 9, 1920November 9, 1920
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (2) Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect of the reproduction of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
    (3) Article 11 of the Act is replaced by Article 9 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the right of public performance of dramatic, dramatico-musical and musical works. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1920, No.12, p.133)
Haiti Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Hungary Accession: February 14, 1922February 14, 1922
India Declaration of Continued Application: April 23, 1928April 1, 1928
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1914, No.3, p.33 and Le Droit d'auteur 1912, No.7, p.90)
Ireland Accession: October 5, 1927October 5, 1927
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1927, No.11, p.125)
ItalyNovember 13, 1908Ratification: September 23, 1914December 23, 1914
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (2) Article 11, paragraph 2, of the Act is replaced by Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the right to authorize the public performance of translations of dramatic or dramatico-musical works. (see Le Droit d'auteur 1914, No.10, p.129)
JapanNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (2) Article 11 of the Act is replaced by Article 9, paragraph 3, of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the public performance of musical works.
LiberiaNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Liechtenstein Accession: July 20, 1931July 30, 1931
LuxembourgNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
MonacoNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Morocco Accession: June 16, 1917June 16, 1917
  • Notification of accession to the Berlin Act (1908) through France.
Namibia Declaration of Continued Application: September 21, 1993March 21, 1990
Netherlands Accession: October 9, 1912November 1, 1912
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (2) Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number IV, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect to the production of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
    (3) Article 11, paragraph 2, of the Act is replaced by Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the right to authorize the public performance of translations of dramatic or dramatico-musical works.
New Zealand Declaration of Continued Application: April 26, 1928April 24, 1928
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force.
NorwayNovember 13, 1908Ratification: September 4, 1910September 9, 1910
  • The reservations to the Berlin Act (1908) were abandoned by Norway as of December 12, 1931.
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) Article 2 of the Act which includes architectural works as such among literary and artistic works is replaced by Article 4 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in so far as Article 4 provides that literary and artistic works shall include plans, sketches and plastic works relative to architecture.
    (2) Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect of the reproduction of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
    (3) Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the application of the Berlin Act to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in their country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force.
Poland Accession: January 28, 1920January 28, 1920
Portugal Accession: March 29, 1911March 29, 1911
Romania Accession: August 28, 1926January 1, 1927
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect of the reproduction of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
South Africa Declaration of Continued Application: October 3, 1928October 3, 1928
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force.
SpainNovember 13, 1908Ratification: September 7, 1910September 9, 1910
SwedenNovember 13, 1908Ratification: September 22, 1919January 1, 1920
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect of the reproduction of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
SwitzerlandNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Thailand Accession: June 17, 1931July 17, 1931
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservations:
    (1) In respect to the protection of works of art applied to industry, Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Act is replaced by Article 4 of the Berne Convention, 1886, (N.B. the latter article does not include said works among literary and artistic works).
    (2) Article 4, paragraph 2, of the Act is replaced by Article 2, paragraph 2, of the Berne Convention, 1886, in respect to the fulfilment of the conditions and formalities prescribed by the law of the country of origin of the work.
    (3) Article 8 of the Act is replaced by Article 5 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number III, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the exclusive right of authors to make or to authorize the translation of their works.
    (4) Article 9 of the Act is replaced by Article 7 of the Berne Convention, 1886, as modified by Article 1, Number IV, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect to the production of articles published in newspapers or periodicals.
    (5) Article 11 of the Act is replaced by Article 9 of the Berne Convention, 1886 and point 2 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in respect to the public performance of dramatic, dramatico-musical and musical works.
    (6) Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force.
TunisiaNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 30, 1910September 9, 1910
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: In respect to the protection of works of art applied to industry, Article 2, paragraph 4, of the Act is replaced by Article 4 of the Berne Convention, 1886, (N.B. the latter article does not include said works among literary and artistic works).
  • Signature and ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) through France.
Turkey Accession: June 20, 1931June 20, 1931
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) and the Berne Additional Protocol (1914) "subject to the conditions and reservations stipulated in Article 14 of the Commercial Convention signed at Lausanne on July 24, 1923".
    This Commercial Convention provided for the accession of Turkey to the Berne Convention and to the Additional Protocol of 1914, subject to "such reservation as Turkey might formulate concerning the provisions of the aforementioned Convention and Protocol, with reference to the right of translation in the Turkish language, if the other signatory Powers of the Convention and Protocol have not themselves opposed the said reservation in the course of the year following the entry into force" of the Convention of Lausanne.
    This treaty was signed by Turkey on the one hand, and by France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Romania and Yugoslavia on the other. None of these countries opposed the Turkish reservation.
    In opposition to the reservation were Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Danzig, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, and these countries did not consider themselves bound to Turkey.
United KingdomNovember 13, 1908Ratification: June 4, 1912July 1, 1912
  • Ratification of the Berlin Act (1908) subject to the following reservation: Article 18 of the Act is replaced by Article 14 of the Berne Convention, 1886, and Number 4 of the Final Protocol of the same date accompanying the latter Convention, in its version of Article 2, Number II, of the Paris Additional Act, 1896, in respect of the application of the Berlin Act, 1908, to works which have not yet fallen into the public domain in the country of origin at the time the Convention entered into force.
  • Accession to the Berlin Act (1908) for Palestine: March 17, 1924; Entry into force: March 21, 1924.
  • Application of the Berlin Act (1908) to Jersey: February 4, 1914; Entry into force: March 8, 1913.
  • Application of the Berlin Act (1908) to Guernsey, Alderney and Sark: February 4, 1914; Entry into force: July 1, 1912.