International Copyright Act Law and Legal Definition

International Copyright Act is a statute growing out of the Berne Convention of 1887. The Act was passed on March 3, 1891 and went into effect on July 1, 1891. It is the first U.S. congressional act that extended limited protection to foreign copyright holders from select nations. Prior to the International Copyright Act, protection required American authors to gain residency in the country in which they desired copyright protection.