Berne Notification No. 277
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Accession by the Cook Islands

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 the Cook Islands, on May 3, 2017, 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 a declaration according to which the Cook Islands avails itself of the faculties provided for in Article II of the Appendix to the said Convention.

The Berne Convention will enter into force, with respect to the Cook Islands, on August 3, 2017.  On that date, the Cook Islands will also become a member of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works ("Berne Union"), founded by the Berne Convention.

May 3, 2017