Signatory Countries of Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

The Berne Convention, adopted in 1886, deals with the protection of works and the rights of their authors. It provides creators such as authors, musicians, poets, painters etc. with the means to control how their works are used, by whom, and on what terms. It is based on three basic principles and contains a series of provisions determining the minimum protection to be granted, as well as special provisions available to developing countries that want to make use of them.

  1. Works originating in one of the Contracting Country must be given the same protection in each of the other Contracting countries as the latter grants to the works of its own nationals (principle of “national treatment”).
  2. Protection is not conditional upon compliance with any formality, rather it is automatic.
  3. Protection is independent of the existence of protection in the country of origin of the work. If, however, a Contracting Country provides for a longer term of protection than the minimum prescribed by the Convention and the work ceases to be protected in the country of origin, protection may be denied once protection in the country of origin ceases.
     
    A list of current signatory countries

A –
Albania – Algeria – Andorra – Antigua and Barbuda – Argentina – Armenia – Australia – Austria –  Azerbaijan

 

B –
Bahamas – Bahrain – Bangladesh – Barbados – Belarus – Belgium – Belize – Benin – Bhutan –  Bolivia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Botswana – Brazil – Brunei – Bulgaria – Burkina Faso

 

C –
Cameroon – Canada – Cape Verde – Central African Republic – Chad – Chile – China – Colombia – Comoros – Congo – CostaRica – Coted Ivoire – Croatia – Cuba – Cyprus – Czech Republic –

 

D –
Denmark – Djibouti – Dominica – Dominican Republic

 

E –
Ecuador – Egypt – El Salvador – Equatorial Guinea – Estonia

 

F –
Fiji – Finland – France –

 

G –
Gabon – Gambia – Georgia – Germany – Ghana – Greece – Grenada – Guatemala – Guinea –  Guinea-Bissau – Guyana

 

H –
Haiti – Holy See – Honduras – Hungary

 

I –
Iceland – India – Indonesia – Ireland – Israel – Italy

 

J –
Jamaica – Japan – Jordan

 

K –
Kazakhstan – Kenya – Korea – Kyrgyzstan

 

L –
Latvia – Lebanon- Lesotho – Liberia – Libyan Arab Jamahiriya – Liechtenstein – Lithuania – Luxembourg

 

M –
Macedonia – Madagascar – Malawi – Malaysia – Mali – Malta – Mauritania – Mauritius – Mexico – Micronesia – Moldova – Monaco – Mongolia – Morocco

 

N –
Namibia – Nepal – Netherlands – New Zealand – Nicaragua – Niger – Nigeria

 

O –
Oman

 

P –
Pakistan – Panama – Paraguay – Peru – Philippines – Poland – Portugal –

 

Q –
Qatar

 

R –
Romania – Russian Federation – Rwanda

 

S –
Saint Kitts and Nevis – Saint Lucia – Saint Vincent and Grenadines – Samoa – Saudi Arabia – Senegal – Serbia and Montenegro – Singapore – Slovakia – Slovenia – South Africa – Spain – Sri Lanka – Sudan – Suriname – Swaziland – Sweden – Switzerland – Syrian Arab Republic

 

T –
Tajikistan – Tanzania, United Republic of – Thailand – The former Yugoslav – Togo – Tonga – Trinidad and Tobago – Tunisia – Turkey

 

U –
Ukraine – United Arab Emirates – United Kingdom – United States of America – Uruguay – Uzbekistan

 

V
Venezuela – Vietnam

 

W

 

X

 

Y

 

Z –
Zambia – Zimbabwe

 

Songrite Copyright Registration Office -copyrighting songs, music and lyrics.
International Copyright Registration Service.