Wednesday 16 July 2014

Yemen renews Berne Appendix declaration

This blogger today received Berne Notification No. 263, a media release relating to a declaration by the Republic of Yemen Relating to Articles II and III of the Appendix to the Paris Act (1971). His first thought was that this must be the first time that Yemen has been mentioned in the 1709 Blog (but it isn't: see here).  His second thought was that it was a very long time since he has spotted any activity relating to Articles II and III of Berne's 1971 Appendix.  The text of the media release is as follows:
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to refer to the deposit by the Government of the Republic of Yemen, on April 14, 2008, of a declaration that the Republic of Yemen avails itself of the faculties provided for in Articles II and III of the Appendix to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of September 9, 1886, as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971 (“Paris Act (1971)”).

The Director General of WIPO has the honor to notify that the Government of the Republic of Yemen deposited, on July 7, 2014, a notification renewing the said declaration for a period of ten years with effect from October 10, 2014, in accordance with Article I, paragraph 2(a) of the Appendix to the Paris Act.
The 1971 Appendix, mirrored by provisions to similar effect in the Universal Copyright Convention (Articles Vter and Vquater), provides for developing countries to avail themselves of certain leniences in the field of copyright. Article II limits the right of translation, Article III the right of reproduction.

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