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International Copyright Protection 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

There is no international copyright law. Copyright law, scope, protections, and remedies are governed by individual nations and treaties between them. Thus, copyright laws do not automatically protect an author’s work throughout the world. However, most countries offer protection to works from other nations. For a detailed discussion of the copyright laws of individual countries, consult WIPO (which is under the auspices of the United Nations) in Geneva, Switzerland. See , Copyright Resources, for contact information for WIPO. The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (commonly known as the Berne Convention) was originally signed by 10

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