World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty (WCT) is one of a pair of treaties negotiated by 160 countries to protect against Internet piracy. The treaties can be joined by countries who are not currently signatories to the Berne Convention, but they must agree to abide by Articles 1-21 of Berne. WCT was agreed to in 1996 and came into force on March 6, 2002 three months after the 30th country joined in December 2001.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is the significance of the Berne Convention and how is it related to the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty?
Why are treaties such as WTC important?
What are some of the protections that WTC provides regarding the Right of Distribution and the Right of Rental?
Who are the countries who joined the WIPO Copyright Treaty?

Continue...

Facebook Twitter RSS