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

Act(s)

Article(s) Signature Instrument Entry into Force
Paris Act (1971)1 - 21July 24, 1971Ratification: October 18, 1973October 10, 1974
Paris Act (1971)22 - 38July 24, 1971Ratification: October 18, 1973January 22, 1974
Stockholm Act (1967)22 - 38July 14, 1967Ratification: June 19, 1970September 19, 1970
Brussels Act (1948)  Accession: June 27, 1966October 10, 1966
Rome Act (1928) June 2, 1928Accession: September 13, 1933October 21, 1933
Berne Additional Protocol (1914) March 20, 1914Ratification: October 5, 1919October 17, 1919
Berlin Act (1908) November 13, 1908Ratification: June 9, 1910September 9, 1910
Paris Additional Act (1896) May 4, 1896Ratification: September 9, 1897December 9, 1897

Declarations, Reservations etc.

Paris Act (1971) - Articles 1 to 21: 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.

Paris Act (1971): Objection by the Federal Republic of Germany (July 23, 2004): "The Federal Republic of Germany hereby raises an objection to the declaration on 23 March 2004 by the Republic of Turkey concerning Article 33(1) of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886, as revised at Paris on 24 July 1971. The declaration runs contrary to Article 33(2) of the Convention according to which a state can only declare that it does not consider itself bound by the provisions of Article 33(1) at the time it signs the Convention as revised at Paris on 24 July 1996 or deposits its instrument of ratification or accession".

Territorial Information

Ratification of the Paris Act (1971) also applied to Berlin (West) with effect from the date on which it entered into force for the Federal Republic of Germany.

Additional Information

Paris Act (1971): Dates apply to the Federal Republic of Germany.
German Democratic Republic - Accession: November 16, 1977; Entry into force: February 18, 1978. Date of ceasing to be a party: October 3, 1990.

Stockholm Act (1967): Dates apply to the Federal Republic of Germany.
German Democratic Republic - Accession June 20, 1968; Entry into force: January 29, 1970. Date of ceasing to be a party: October 3, 1990. The validity of this accession was contested by a certain number of Member States.

Brussels Act (1948): Dates apply to the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

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