Berne Notification No. 224
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Accession by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify him of the deposit by the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on January 28, 2003, of its instrument of accession to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886, as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971, and amended on September 28, 1979, with the declaration that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea avails itself of the faculties provided for in Articles II and III of the Appendix to the said Convention.

Furthermore, the said instrument of accession contains the declaration that, pursuant to Article 33(2) of the said Convention, as so revised, the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph (1) of Article 33 of that Convention.

The Berne Convention as revised will enter into force, with respect to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on April 28, 2003. On that date, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will also become a member of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works ("Berne Union"), founded by the Berne Convention.

January 28, 2003