Berne Notification No. 11
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Ratification by the Socialist Republic of Rumania of the Stockholm Act

The Director of the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (BIRPI) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, in accordance with the provisions of the Stockholm Act of the above Convention, has the honor to notify him that the Government of the Socialist Republic of Rumania deposited on October 29, 1969, its instrument of ratification dated August 3, 1969, of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886, as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, with the following reservation:

"The Socialist Republic of Rumania declares, in conformity with the provisions of Article 33, paragraph (2), of the Convention, that it does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph (1) of that Article.

The opinion of the Socialist Republic of Rumania, is that disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention can be brought before the International Court of Justice only with the consent of the parties concerned, in each particular case." (Translation).

Furthermore, the said instrument of ratification was accompanied by the following declarations:

"(a) The Council of State of the Socialist Republic of Rumania declares, in conformity with Article 7, paragraph (7), of the Convention, that it intends to maintain the provisions of the national legislation of the Socialist Republic of Rumania in force at the time of signature of the Convention and relating to the term of protection.

(b) The Council of State of the Socialist Republic of Rumania considers that the maintenance of the state of dependence of certain territories to which reference is made in Article 31 of the Convention is not in accordance with the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 14, 1960, by Resolution 1514 (XV), in which is stressed the need to bring an end rapidly and unconditionally to colonialism in all its forms and manifestations." (Translation).

A separate notification will be made of the entry into force of the Stockholm Act of the said Convention, when the required number of ratifications or accessions is reached.

November 28, 1969