Berne Notification No. 112
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Entry Into Force of Amendments to Articles 22(2)(a)(vi), 22(4)(a), 23(6)(a)(ii) and 23(6)(a)

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 His Excellency that the following amendments to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886, as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971 ("Paris Act (1971)") will enter into force on November 19, 1984:

- in Article 22(2)(a)(vi), "triennial" is replaced by "biennial";

- in Article 22(4)(a), "third" is replaced by "second";

- in Article 23(6)(a)(ii), "triennial" is replaced by "biennial";

- in Article 23(6)(a), item (iii) is deleted.

It is recalled that the said amendments were unanimously adopted by the Assembly of the International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Union), founded by the said Berne Convention (see document AB/X/32, paragraph 33). At that time, the number of States members of the Assembly of the Berne Union was 58.

The entry into force of the said amendments was brought about by the receipt by the Director General of notifications of acceptance of those amendments from the required number of States members of the said Assembly at the time the Assembly adopted the amendments, that is, from three-fourths of the 58 said member States. The required number of notifications is 44. They were received, in chronological order, from the following member States (the date of receipt is indicated in parentheses): Liechtenstein (November 16, 1979), Federal Republic of Germany (December 11, 1979), Norway (December 14, 1979), Denmark (December 24, 1979), Tunisia (January 3, 1980), Ireland (January 4, 1980), Sweden (January 9, 1980), Burkina Faso (January 14, 1980), Spain (January 17, 1980), Monaco (January 23, 1980), France (January 31, 1980), Brazil (February 8, 1980), Holy See (February 25, 1980) , Suriname (March 3, 1980), Bahamas (May 6, 1980), Canada (May 16, 1980), India (May 29, 1980), Romania (June 11, 1980), Switzerland (July 3, 1980), Luxembourg (October 3, 1980), United Kingdom (November 4, 1980), Portugal (December 15, 1980), Bulgaria (January 5, 1981), Chile (January 21, 1981), Hungary (February 19, 1981), Greece (April 2, 1981), Finland (October 23, 1981), Australia (November 13,  1981), Mexico (November 23, 1981), Israel (November 25, 1981), Niger (January 15, 1982), Egypt (January 25, 1982), German Democratic Republic (August 6, 1982), Mali (August 15, 1983), Central African Republic (September 15, 1983), Congo (October 5, 1983), Netherlands (January 9, 1984), Cameroon (March 26, 1984), Chad (April 3, 1984), Benin (April 11, 1984), Morocco (May 1, 1984), Togo (May 3, 1984), Ivory Coast (July 9, 1984), Senegal (October 19, 1984).

It is recalled that, according to the applicable provisions of the Paris Act (1971) of the said Berne Convention, the amendments bind not only all the States members of the Assembly of the Berne Union at the time the amendments enter into force but also the States "which become members thereof at a subsequent date" (Article 26(3)).

October 26, 1984