International Copyright Law and Legal Definition

International copyright is a copyright which by force of international agreement is extended, in reference to the protection granted an author, beyond the territorial limits of the jurisdiction in which it was obtained. However, an international copyright will not automatically protect an author’s writings throughout the world. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends on the national laws of that country. Most countries offer protection to foreign works under certain conditions that have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions. There are two principal international copyright conventions, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) and the Universal Copyright Convention (UCC). Generally, the works of an author who is a national or domiciliary of a country that is a member of these treaties or works first published in a member country or published within thirty days of first publication in a Berne Convention country may claim protection under the treaties.