Berne Safeguard Clause Law and Legal Definition

In terms of Copyright law, Berne Safeguard clause bars protection in Berne Union countries for the works of any country that withdraws from the Berne Union after January 1, 1951. The Berne Safeguard clause is a provision in the Universal Copyright Convention. The Berne Safeguard clause prevented countries from withdrawing from the Berne Union in favor of the more relaxed copyright-protection standards of the Convention. However, the clause was amended in 1971. The amended clause empowered the developing countries to opt out of its mandate.