Universal Copyright Convention Law and Legal Definition

Universal Copyright Convention (“UCC”)is an international copyright agreement that permitted those states which had a system of protection of copyright at the time of signature to retain them.

UCC and Berne Convention are two principal international conventions protecting copyright. The UCC was developed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an alternative to the Berne Convention for those states which disagreed with aspects of the Berne Convention, however wished to participate in some form of multilateral copyright protection.

UCC was adopted at Geneva in 1952. It was ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1954 and it became effective for the U.S. in September 16, 1955.