Copyright Enforcement Outside Of United States

by Maya
(Los Angeles, CA)

Legal Question: Are the copyright rules listed on your website (see Legal, Consent and Copyright Issues for Documentary Filmmaking) also enforced outside of U.S.? Example: the film is to be made in the middle east but shown in the States.

Law Office of Jaia Thomas | Answer:

Yes, depending on the country.

Under the Berne Convention treaty, all member countries afford copyright protection to authors who are nationals of any member country.

A list of the included countries can be found:

All countries in the Berne Convention must offer copyright protection that lasts for at least the life of the author plus 50 years, and must be automatic without the need for the author to take any legal steps to preserve the copyright.

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