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Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (as amended up to Act of July 11, 2012)

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Year of current version:2012
Date of entry into force of original text:May 23, 1949
Date of Text (Adopted):May 23, 1949
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, which is the Constitution of Germany, was adopted on May 23, 1949. The Constitution guarantees basic rights (Chapter I), defines competencies between the Federation and the States (Länder) (Chapter II) and specifies the powers and duties of the three branches of government (Chapters III-IX). As of 2012, there have been 59 amendments to the Constitution.

The Basic Law contains provisions on protection of copyright and industrial property rights (Article 73(1) & (9)). Furthermore, Article 14 guarantees protection of property rights in general.
Available Texts: 
German

Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in der Fassung vom 11. Juli 2012) Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in der Fassung vom 11. Juli 2012), Complete document (pdf) [192 KB] Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (in der Fassung vom 11. Juli 2012), Complete document (htm) [412 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:DE189

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