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  • Berne Convention Member Countries

    India has been a signatory Member of Berne Convention since 28th April, 1928 and has been submitting the declaration as per Article II & III of the Appendix from time to time. A copyright registered in India is valid in the list of countries mentioned below.
    180 signatory countries out of 195 countries

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    Updated and Published on 18 June 2024

    India is a Signatory of Berne Convention

    Berne Convention's primary function is protection of original works and legal rights of their authors/ creators.

    The Foundation of Berne Convention is based on three basic principles and mentions a series of rules determining the minimum protection to be granted.

    The three basic principles are the following:
    (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.

    The Copyright law provides for Protection to Foreign Works in India

    Copyrighted creative works of foreign nationals, whose countries are members of Berne Convention to which India is a signatory, are protected against any infringement of their Creative works in India through the International Copyright Order, 1999. Courts in India have also been pro-active for protection of Copyright of foreign authors and owners, which includes book, art, painting, music, films, software and database etc.

    Berne Convention enforces a requirement that countries recognize copyrights held by the citizens of all other parties to the convention. That means, Indian copyright law applies to anything published or performed in India, regardless of where it was originally created.

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    Signatories of The Berne Convention

    The following is a list of the countries that are signatories of the Berne Convention.
    That means when a copyright is registered in India it is valid in all these countries listed below
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Andorra
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan
    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Bangladesh
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Benin
    • Bhutan
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Brunei
    • Bulgaria
    • Burkina Faso
    • Cameroon
    • Canada
    • Cape Verde
    • Central African Republic
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Comoros
    • Congo
    • CostaRica
    • Coted Ivoire
    • Croatia
    • Cuba
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Estonia
    • Fiji
    • Finland
    • France
    • Gabon
    • Gambia
    • Georgia
    • Germany
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Guinea
    • Guinea-Bissau
    • Guyana
    • Haiti
    • Holy See
    • Honduras
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kazakhstan
    • Kenya
    • Korea
    • Kyrgyzstan
    • Djibouti
    • Dominica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Denmark
    • Latvia
    • Lebanon
    • Lesotho
    • Liberia
    • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macedonia
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Malaysia
    • Mali
    • Malta
    • Mauritania
    • Mauritius
    • Mexico
    • Micronesia
    • Moldova
    • Monaco
    • Mongolia
    • Morocco
    • Namibia
    • Nepal
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Nicaragua
    • Niger
    • Nigeria
    • Norway
    • Oman
    • Pakistan
    • Panama
    • Paraguay
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Qatar
    • Romania
    • Russian Federation
    • Rwanda
    • 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
    • Tajikistan
    • Tanzania, United Republic of
    • Thailand
    • The former Yugoslav
    • Togo
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • United States of America
    • Uruguay
    • Uzbekistan
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    Countries And Regions That Are Not Signatories To The Berne Convention - But Joined TRIPS Agreement

    1. Angola
    2. Ethiopia
    3. Iran
    4. Iraq
    5. Maldives
    6. Myanmar
    7. Papua New Guinea
    8. Seychelles
    9. Sierra Leone
    10. Somalia
    11. South Sudan
    12. Taiwan
    13. Uganda

    Countries And Regions That Are Not Signatories To The Berne Convention - But Joined Universal Copyright Convention (Geneva)

    1. Cambodia

    Countries And Regions That Are Not Signatories To The Berne Convention

    1. Eritrea
    2. Kosovo
    3. Marshall Islands
    4. Palau
    5. Palestine

    Countries And Regions That Are Not Signatories To The Berne Convention - But Joined Universal Copyright Convention (Paris) As Observer

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