Software and the law
Software and the law

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Software and the law

Berne and TRIPS

TRIPS adopts the Berne principles and requires countries to adopt Articles 1 to 21 of the Paris 1971 protocol, with the notable exception of Article 6 on the moral rights of paternity and integrity. TRIPS extends copyright coverage to computer programs (as literary works) and to databases, and requires that a rental right is established for computer programs and for recordings.

The minimum protection required for all literary, artistic and scientific works is:

  • the rights including translation, adaptations and adjustments, public performance and recital, reproduction, communication and broadcast
  • moral rights of paternity and integrity
  • a minimum duration of protection.
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