Copyright Act for the German Empire, Berlin (1870)

Source: Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt

Copyright Act for the German Empire, Berlin (1870), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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of the promulgation of this law, so that it may
be entered into the register and public notice
be made of it by the board of curators responsible
for the maintenance of the register.

§. 61

      The present law is to be applied to all works
by native authors, regardless of whether their works
have appeared at home or abroad, or if they have
not even been published yet.
      If works by foreign authors are brought out by
publishers who have their trading stations within
the territory of the North German Confederation,
then these works are covered by the protection
afforded by the present law.

§. 62

      Those works by foreign authors which have been
published in a place that is geographically situated
within the boundaries of the former German Confederation,
but not within those of the North German Confederation,
shall enjoy the protection of this law, provided that
the legislation of the state concerned gives works
which come out in the North German Confederation the
same level of protection as works by native authors;
however, the term of protection shall not exceed that
which is valid in that state itself. The same applies
to unpublished works by authors who are not citizens
of the North German Confederation, but who do come
from the territory of the former German Confederation.
      In proof of which We have signed this with our
own hand and impressed the Federal Seal.
                  Issued in Berlin, 11 June 1870

                                    (place of the seal)            Wilhelm.

                                                            Count von Bismarck-Schönhausen




nach dem Inkrafttreten dieses Gesetzes zur Eintragung in die
Eintragsrolle angemeldet und von dem Kuratorium derselben
öffentlich bekannt gemacht werden.

§. 61.

      Das gegenwärtige Gesetz findet Anwendung auf alle Werke
inländischer Urheber, gleichviel, ob die Werke im Inlande oder
Auslande erschienen oder überhaupt noch nicht veröffentlicht
      Wenn Werke ausländischer Urheber bei Verlegern erscheinen,
die im Gebiete des Norddeutschen Bundes ihre Handelsniederlassung
haben, so stehen diese Werke unter dem Schutze des gegenwärtigen

§. 62.

      Diejenigen Werke ausländischer Urheber, welche in einem Orte
erschienen sind, der zum ehemaligen Deutschen Bunde, nicht aber zum
Norddeutschen Bunde gehört, genießen den Schutz dieses Gesetzes
unter der Voraussetzung, daß das Recht des betreffenden Staates den
innerhalb des Deutschen Reichs erschienenen Werken einen den
einheimischen Werken gleichen Schutz gewährt; jedoch dauert der
Schutz nicht länger, als in dem betreffenden Staate selbst. Dasselbe
gilt von nicht veröffentlichten Werken solcher Urheber, welche zwar
nicht im Norddeutschen Bund, wohl aber im ehemaligen Deutschen
Bundesgebiete staatsangehörig sind.
      Urkundlich unter Unserer Höchsteigenhändigen Unterschrift und
beigedrucktem Bundes=Insiegel.
                  Gegeben Berlin, den 11. Juni 1870

                                    (L.S.)                  Wilhelm.

                                                            Gr. v. Bismarck-Schönhausen


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