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WCT Notification No. 2
WIPO Copyright Treaty


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 him that, by the date until which it was open for signature (that is, December 31, 1997), the following States and the European Communities had signed the WIPO Copyright Treaty, adopted at Geneva on December 20, 1996:

  • Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Chile, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, Spain, Togo, Venezuela and the European Communities, on December 20, 1996;

  • Uruguay, on January 8, 1997; Greece, on January 13, 1997; Monaco, on January 14, 1997; Hungary, on January 29, 1997; United Kingdom, on February 13, 1997; Luxembourg, on February 18, 1997; Belgium, on February 19, 1997; Kazakhstan, on February 28, 1997; Nigeria, on March 24, 1997; Israel, on March 25, 1997; United States of America, on April 12, 1997; Finland, on May 9, 1997; Ghana, on May 23, 1997; Argentina, on September 18, 1997; Kyrgyzstan and Republic of Moldova, on September 19, 1997; France, on October 9, 1997; Colombia, on October 22, 1997; Denmark, on October 28, 1997; Sweden, on October 31, 1997; Costa Rica and Netherlands, on December 2, 1997; Belarus, on December 8, 1997; Slovenia and South Africa, on December 12, 1997; Croatia, on December 15, 1997; Senegal, on December 17, 1997; Mexico, on December 18, 1997; Ireland, on December 19, 1997; Canada, on December 22, 1997; Estonia, Slovakia and Switzerland, on December 29, 1997; Austria, on December 30, 1997; Ecuador, Panama, Portugal and Romania, on December 31, 1997.

    (Total: 51 States)

Any of the above-listed States and the European Communities may become a party to the WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996) by depositing an instrument of ratification. Any member State of WIPO which has not signed it and any intergovernmental organization fulfilling the conditions stated in Article 17(2) of the WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996) may become a party to it by depositing an instrument of accession.

Instruments of ratification or accession must be deposited with the Director General of WIPO. The WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996) shall enter into force three months after 30 such instruments have been deposited with the Director General of WIPO.

On June 5, 1997, Indonesia ratified the WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996).

January 5, 1998