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Federal Law of October 9, 1992 on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (status as of July 1, 2008)

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Year of current version:2008
Date of entry into force of original text:July 1, 1993
Date of Text (Enacted):October 9, 1992
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body
Notes:
The notification by Switzerland to the WTO under Article 63.2 of TRIPS states:
'The law provides for the definition of authors and their works, the existence, acquisition and scope of copyright and neighboring rights, duration of protection, collecting societies (tariffs and monitoring), civil and criminal proceedings, customs measures, etc.

Most recent amendments:
Heading preceding Article 74. Article 74: adopted on 17 June 2006, entered into effect on 1 January 2007 (RO 2006 2197).

Adjustment following the complete overhaul of the regulations governing organization and procedure before the Federal Court, its previous bodies and appeals before the Supreme Court: incorporation of the Federal Appeals Committee for intellectual property issues into the Federal Administrative Court.

Heading, and Articles 19, 20, 22a to 22c, 24, 24a to 24c, 34, 40 and 52: adopted on 5 October 2007, entered into effect on 1 July 2008 (RO 2008 2421).

Partial revision aimed at tailoring the protection of copyright and neighboring rights to modern information technology.

Articles 10, 33, 33a, 36, 37 and 39; heading preceding Article 39a; and Articles 39a to 39c, 62, 67, 69 and 69a: adopted on 5 October 2007, entered into effect on 1 July 2008 (RO 2008 2497).

Amendments pursuant to the Federal Order approving two treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the revised Law on Copyright, aimed in particular at amending the existing law with a view to ratifying the new WIPO treaties (WIPO Copyright Treaty, WCT, and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, WPPT).

Articles 62, 63, 65, 66a, 67 to 70, 72, 75 to 77, 77a to 77h and 81a: adopted on 22 June 2007, entered into effect on 1 July 2008 (RO 2008 2551).

Amendments adopted in the framework of the review of the Law on Patents (national measures aimed at combating piracy in the field of intellectual property, in particular intervention by the Customs Administration).

Proceedings and penalties under civil and criminal law. Monitoring of copyright societies. Provisional measures. Customs measures.'
Available Texts: 
French

Loi fédérale du 9 octobre 1992 sur le droit d'auteur et les droits voisins (état le 1er juillet 2008) Loi fédérale du 9 octobre 1992 sur le droit d'auteur et les droits voisins (état le 1er juillet 2008), Complete document (pdf) [581 KB] Loi fédérale du 9 octobre 1992 sur le droit d'auteur et les droits voisins (état le 1er juillet 2008), Complete document (htm) [262 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

German

Bundesgesetz vom 9. Oktober 1992 über das Urheberrecht und verwandte Schutzrechte (stand am 1. Juli 2008) Bundesgesetz vom 9. Oktober 1992 über das Urheberrecht und verwandte Schutzrechte (stand am 1. Juli 2008), Complete document (pdf) [681 KB]

Italian

Legge federale del 9 ottobre 1992 sul diritto d’autore e sui diritti di protezione affini (stato 1° luglio 2008) Legge federale del 9 ottobre 1992 sul diritto d’autore e sui diritti di protezione affini (stato 1° luglio 2008), Complete document (pdf) [594 KB]

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:CH156

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