Bilateral treaty between the German Reich and the U.S.A. (1892)

Source: Private Collection. The original publication in the Reichsgesetzblatt 1892 will soon be available online at http://alex.onb.ac.at/gesetze_drab_fs.htm

Citation:
Bilateral treaty between the German Reich and the U.S.A. (1892), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Full title:
Agreement of 15 January 1892 between the German Reich and the United States of America on the mutual protection of author's rights. German version as published in Robert Voigtländer and Theodor Fuchs, 'Die Gesetze betreffend das Urheberrecht und das Verlagsrecht an Werken der Literatur und der Tonkunst' (Leipzig: Roßberg 1914)

Full title original language:
Übereinkommens vom 15. Januar 1892 über den gegenseitigen Schutz der Urheberrechte. German version as published in Robert Voigtländer and Theodor Fuchs, 'Die Gesetze betreffend das Urheberrecht und das Verlagsrecht an Werken der Literatur und der Tonkunst' (Leipzig: Roßberg 1914)

Abstract:
Apart from the 1876 Industrial Designs Copyright Act for the German Empire (d_1876), which after multiple amendments is still in force, the Copyright Treaty of 1892 between the German Empire and the U.S.A. is the only piece of nineteenth-century legislation for the German-speaking lands that is still in force in its original form. The first bilateral agreements signed by the United States as a result of the International Copyright Act of 1891 (the Chace Act: us_1891a) were with Belgium, France, the British possessions, Switzerland, the German Empire and Italy in 1891 and 1892. These treaties did not implement the 'rule of the shorter term' that had been agreed on in the Berne Convention, but agreed, rather, on a strict 'national treatment': i.e. where a country must grant the citizens of signatory state(s) the same rights as it grants to its own citizens. Even though the USA eventually did accede to the Berne Convention, the treaty with Germany of 1892 is still in force and has been applied to contemporary cases.

1 Commentary:
commentary_d_1892

Bibliography:
  • Nordemann, Wilhelm, 'The Term of Protection for Works of U.S.-American Authors in Germany', 'Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA' 44, nr 1 (1996): 1-7

  • Goldstein, Paul, 'International Copyright: Principles, Law, and Practice' (Oxford: Oxford U.P., 2001)


Related documents in this database:
1886: Berne Convention
1891: International Copyright Act (The Chace Act)

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Year: 1892

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Language: German

Source: Private Collection. The original publication in the Reichsgesetzblatt 1892 will soon be available online at http://alex.onb.ac.at/gesetze_drab_fs.htm

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Places referred to:
America
Germany

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Legislation:
Germany-U.S.A. Copyright Treaty 1892

Keywords:
books, protected subject matter
international agreements, Berne Convention
international agreements, bilateral
paintings, protected subject matter
photography, protected subject matter
reciprocity
translations, of contemporary works

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