Guernsey's membership of the Berne Convention for the
Protection of Literary and Artistic Works has been announced by the
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The Convention offers signatory countries, which currently
stands at 168, an agreed international standard of copyright
protection across all its contracting parties. The convention will
be extended to Guernsey from 21 November 2014 and will provide
protection without the need for registration to literary, dramatic,
musical and certain artistic works, as well as films, broadcasts,
works of architecture, typographical arrangements and software.
"The extension of the Berne Convention - the most widely
recognised copyright convention in the world - is good news for the
Island's Intellectual Property (IP) regime. Not only does it
mean that works that originate in Guernsey will receive copyright
protection in all of the Berne Convention member countries, but
works produced elsewhere will also be given reciprocal copyright
protection here in Guernsey," said Fiona Le Poidevin, Chief
Executive of Guernsey Finance - the promotional agency for the
Island's finance industry.
"Guernsey has a history of structuring and protecting IP
globally through its private wealth sector. Therefore, membership
of the Berne Convention not only reinforces our fiduciary offering
but also demonstrates that Guernsey is meeting yet another global
standard and remains a highly desirable location for doing
John Ogier, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Commercial
Group in Guernsey, commented: "Guernsey is a strong
jurisdiction for IP protection and offers many opportunities for
those wishing to develop and manage their rights internationally.
The Berne Convention launched in 1886, and amended in 1979, has 168
contracting parties covering all the major economies and most of
the smaller jurisdictions in the world. It will therefore provide
international protection for copyright and related works by the
articles agreed in the Convention. This 'international'
extension of protection applies as soon as the right is created.
The Berne Convention will greatly facilitate our international
trade opportunities in the creative industries and software
development, as well as benefitting businesses providing
intellectual property services from Guernsey."
Alan Bougourd, Registrar of the Guernsey Registry, said
membership of the Convention would enhance Guernsey's standing
within the UK and international community in relation to
intellectual property rights, adding that work would also continue
to secure extension of a number of other IP conventions to further
enhance Guernsey's position globally.
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