THE COMPLEAT MULTILATERAL COPYRIGHT & RELATED
AGREEMENTS, CONVENTIONS & TREATIES
Present, Past & Proposed
For any student of copyright and related rights at the national or global level this Work documents the 130 year history of the multilateral regime. It has been compiled from present, past and proposed agreements, conventions and treaties between three or more parties including Nation States and International Organizations. If one definition of knowledge is organized, systematized and retrievable information then this is where - at one place and at one time - some 108 multilateral Instruments inclusive of protocols and amendments are presented, fully titled to the sub-Article or paragraph level and fully indexed using a standardized format facilitating comparison between Instruments as well as revealing their legal evolution. In the wild, many Instruments are untitled and unindexed.
The global history begins with the March 15, 1886 Brussels Convention for the International Exchange of Official Documents signed six months before the September 9, 1886 Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Property, the foundation of the multilateral copyright & related rights regime. This highlights that the regime, and hence this Work, concerns the protection of content including advertising, literary and artistic works, official documents, personal information and software. The global history ends with the 2015 Transpacific Partnership.
The regional history begins with the 1889 Montevideo Convention and currently ends with the European Union’s 2014 Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement (CETA). Thus the regime consists of two distinct parts: Global as in the 1886 Berne Convention and Regional as in the 2014 EU Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market.
In turn, the regime is subject to the Vienna Conventions: the 1969 Convention on the Law of Treaties and the, not yet in force, 1986 Convention on Treaties between States & International Organizations.
The Work consists of seven parts including A - Introduction. Each is independently paginated and tabbed by letter – A, B, C… - to facilitate updating. Instruments are, with some exceptions, presented in a standardized format to facilitate comparison between what are differing formats of original Instruments. Instruments are presented in 11 point New Times Roman except for past provisions displayed indented in 10 point New Times Roman.
B – Multilateral Lexicon presents some 226 legal terms employed in the various Instruments. While the Work is composed in English multilateral Instruments use terms derived from other languages especially Latin and French. In addition, they employ technical, legal and diplomatic terms of which a student may have little if any knowledge or understanding. The Lexicon has been distilled from many sources. The Editor is solely responsible for its composition, errors and/or omissions.
C – Index of Instruments is arranged according to three chronologies: the Vienna Treaties, Global and Regional. Each indexed entry displays the year an Instrument was drafted (some Instruments are not, or were never, in force) and its tabbed page number
D – Vienna Convention Chronology displays the two global treaties about treaties, i.e., the law of treaties. These are the 1969 Convention on the Law of Treaties and the, not yet in force, 1986 Convention on Treaties between States & International Organizations. In effect, these two Instruments reflect the jus cogen or presumptive norms for treaty making establishing the ‘rules of the game’ in international relations, in this case, of the multilateral copyright & related rights regime.
E - Global Chronology presents 34 principle Instruments inclusive of their protocols and amendments. It begins with the 1886 Brussels Convention for the International Exchange of Official Documents and ends with the 2015 Transpacific Partnership. It should be noted that the 130 year evolution of the 1886 Berne Convention required all nine of its iterations to be individually displayed.
F – Regional Chronology displays 59 principle Instruments inclusive of their protocols and amendments. Instruments are arranged by region: Africa, Asia, Americas, Eurasia and Europe. It begins with the 1977 African Intellectual Property Organization Agreement, the Bangui Agreement, and ends with the European Union’s 2014 Directive on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market.
G – Other Compiler Press Publications lists other publications available from Compiler Press dealing with intellectual and cultural property in the context of the emerging global knowledge-based economy.
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