Copyright etc (Wed Sep 15 09:38:41 1999
Hi, A recent thread revolved around many issues, including legality and illegality of some things, copyrights, etc. I noticed some statements that were somewhat incorrect or inaccurate. So I thought I might point anyone interested to some resource material. International copyright protection is governed by the Berne Convention. If you are interested in what it says, go to http://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/berne/overview.html. For those not interested in becoming lawyers, the site http://www.benedict.com/ provides some interesting information. It is especially focussed around copyright law and the internet but offers some good basic information. It also offers some practical comments about copyright infringement and its consequences within the USA. Almost all nations are signatories to the Berne Convention. A notable exception is Taiwan. That's why Yann can make certain statements that apply to all countries that have signed the convention. Please note that certain countries have further refinements of copyright law. An example would be US law around "fair use".
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