Berne Notification No. 55
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

Entry into force of Articles 1 to 21 of the Paris Act (1971) and of its Appendix

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and, referring to Article 37(5) of the Paris Act (1971) of the above Convention, has the honor to notify him that, pursuant to the provisions of Article 28(2)(a) of the said Act, Articles 1 to 21 and the Appendix will enter into force on July 10, 1974.

This is the date on which both of the conditions set forth in Article 28(2)(a) of the said Act will have been fulfilled:

(i) at least five countries of the Berne Union have ratified or acceded to the Paris Act (1971) without making a declaration under Article 28(1)(b);

(ii) France, Spain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America, have become bound by the Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971.

The first condition is fulfilled since, up to now, seven States members of the Berne Union -- Cameroon, France, Germany (Federal Republic of), Hungary, Ivory Coast, Spain and Sweden -- have deposited instruments of ratification of the Paris Act (1971) of the Berne Convention without making a declaration under Article 28(1)(b).

The second condition will be fulfilled on July 10, 1974, since, according to information received from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the States referred to in (ii) above will become bound on July 10, 1974, by the Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971.

Consequently, in accordance with Article 28(2)(b) of the Paris Act (1971) of the Berne Convention, Articles 1 to 21 and the Appendix to the said Act will enter into force on July 10, 1974, with respect to the seven States referred to above.

It is recalled that Germany (Federal Republic of), Norway and the United Kingdom declared that they admit the application of the Appendix to the Paris Act (1971) of the Berne Convention to works of which they are the country of origin by countries which have made a declaration under Article VI (1)(i) of the Appendix or a notification under Article I of the Appendix. The declarations of Germany (Federal Republic of), Norway and the United Kingdom took effect on October 18, 1973, March 8, 1974, and September 27, 1971, respectively.

Further, it is recalled that, pursuant to the provisions of Article 28(3) of the Paris Act (1971) of the Berne Convention, Articles 22 to 38 of that Act entered into force, with respect to each of the following eight States, on the date indicated after each: Cameroon, on November 10, 1973; France, on December 15, 1972; Germany (Federal Republic of), on January 22, 1974; Hungary, on December 15, 1972; Ivory Coast, on May 4, 1974; Norway, on June 13, 1974; Spain, on February 19, 1974; Sweden, on September 20, 1973.

May 6, 1974