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 Date
SignatureSeptember 9, 1886
RatificationSeptember 5, 1887
Entry into forceDecember 5, 1887

Territorial Information

Ratification of the Berne Convention (1886) extended also to Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa.

Act(s)

Article(s) Signature Instrument Entry into Force
Paris Act (1971) July 24, 1971Ratification: September 29, 1989January 2, 1990
Stockholm Act (1967)22 - 38 Accession: February 26, 1969January 29, 1970
Brussels Act (1948) June 26, 1948Accession: October 24, 1957December 15, 1957
Rome Act (1928) June 2, 1928Ratification: June 27, 1931August 1, 1931
Berne Additional Protocol (1914) March 20, 1914Ratification: July 7, 1914April 20, 1915
Berlin Act (1908) November 13, 1908Ratification: June 4, 1912July 1, 1912
Paris Additional Act (1896) May 4, 1896Ratification: September 9, 1897December 9, 1897

Declarations, Reservations etc.

Paris Act (1971): This State has declared that it admits the application of the Appendix of the Paris Act to works of which it is the State of origin by States which have made a declaration under Article VI(1)(i) of the Appendix or a notification under Article I of the Appendix. The declarations took effect on October 18, 1973, for Germany, on March 8, 1974, for Norway and on September 27, 1971, for the United Kingdom.

Accession to the Brussels Act (1948) subject to the specific declaration that the Government of this country accepts the provisions of Article 11 of the Act on the understanding that it remains free to enact such legislation as it considers necessary in the public interest to prevent or deal with any abuse of the monopoly rights conferred upon owners of copyright by the law of the United Kingdom.

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.

Territorial Information

Paris Act (1971): The United Kingdom extended the application of the Paris Act to the territory of the Bailiwick of Guernsey with effect from November 21, 2014.

Paris Act (1971): The United Kingdom extended the application of the Paris Act to the territory of the Bailiwick of Jersey with effect from January 31, 2014.

Paris Act (1971): The United Kingdom extended the application of the Paris Act to the Isle of Man with effect from March 18, 1996.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to Hong Kong: February 5, 1973; Entry into force: May 5, 1973.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to St. Vincent: August 10, 1967; Entry into force: November 1, 1967.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to British Honduras: July 28, 1966; Entry into force: October 16, 1966.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to British Guyana: March 16, 1966; Entry into force: June 5, 1966.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to the Cayman Islands: March 10, 1966; Entry into force: June 4, 1966.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to Grenada: February 17, 1966; Entry into force: May 1, 1966.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to Montserrat and Saint Lucia: February 9, 1966; Entry into force: March 21, 1966.

Application of the Brussels Act (1948) to Bechuanaland: February 8, 1966; Entry into force: April 4, 1966.

Application of the Rome Act (1928) to Sarawak and Borneo: October 20, 1938; Entry into force: January 1, 1939.

Application of the Rome Act (1928) to Burma and Aden: September 12, 1938; Entry into force: April 1, 1937 (date of separation of Burma and Aden from British India).

Application of the Rome Act (1928) to Newfoundland: November 11, 1933; Entry into force: December 11, 1933.

Application of the Rome Act (1928) to the Federated Malay States: December 10, 1932; Entry into force: January 10, 1933.

Signature of the Rome Act (1928) applied also to Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand.

Accession to the Berne Additional Protocol (1914) for Palestine: March 17, 1924; Entry into force: March 21, 1924.

Ratification of the Berne Additional Protocol (1914) extended also to Australia and New Zealand.

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.

Ratification of the Paris Additional Act (1896) extended also to Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa.

Additional Information

Stockholm Act (1967): Alternative entry into force date: February 26, 1970.

 

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