Berne Notification No. 273
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Accession by Turkmenistan

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to refer to the deposit by the Government of Turkmenistan, on February 29, 2015, 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.

The said instrument of accession contained the following declarations:

- "[…] It is understood that the effects of the above mentioned Convention shall not extend to the works which, at the date of entry into force of the said Convention in respect of Turkmenistan, are already in the public domain in its territory.

- "Pursuant to Article 33(2) of the said Convention as so revised, the Government of Turkmenistan declares that Turkmenistan does not consider itself bound by the provisions of paragraph (1) of Article 33 of that Convention."

The Berne Convention will enter into force, with respect to Turkmenistan, on May 29, 2016.  On that date, Turkmenistan will also become a member of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works ("Berne Union"), founded by the Berne Convention.

February 29, 2016