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In The Universal Copyright Convention, published by the Coalition for Networked Information in 1988, a comprehensive examination of copyright laws and global copyright issues is presented. This book serves as an insightful reference for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of copyright legislation.

The author, or authors, of this book have meticulously researched and compiled a vast array of information related to the Universal Copyright Convention (UCC). The UCC, established in 1971, provides a global framework for copyright protection and harmonizes legislation among signatory countries. The book sheds light on the historical context and developments leading to the creation of this convention.

One of the key strengths of this book is the clarity with which complex legal concepts are presented. The authors have successfully synthesized technical information into comprehensible language, making it accessible to a wide range of readers. Additionally, they provide real-life examples and case studies that help illustrate the impact of copyright laws on various industries and creative endeavors.

The structure of the book is well-organized, with chapters covering different aspects of the UCC, such as copyright ownership, licenses, and enforcement procedures. Each chapter is meticulously researched, drawing upon an extensive array of legal precedents, scholarly articles, and legislative texts. The authors' thoroughness in citing sources is commendable, further enhancing the book's credibility.

Furthermore, the book acknowledges the challenges faced by copyright laws due to the rise of digital technology and the internet. The authors critically analyze the limitations of current legislation in tackling issues of online piracy, digital rights management, and the free flow of information across borders. This thoughtful analysis demonstrates the book's relevance even in the current digital age.

However, it must be noted that the book was published over three decades ago, which may have led to some outdated information or perspectives. Given the rapid evolution of technology and the subsequent changes in copyright laws, readers should supplement their reading with more recent publications to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

In conclusion, The Universal Copyright Convention is a commendable resource for individuals seeking an in-depth understanding of the legislative framework surrounding copyright protection. Through its comprehensive research and accessible writing style, the book offers valuable insights into the historical context, principles, and challenges of enforcing copyright laws on a global scale. Although it may require supplementary reading to keep up with recent developments, this book remains a relevant and informative reference for anyone interested in copyright legislation.

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Source: International Copyright Conventions Circular 38c, Copyright Office, Washington, DC, pages 23 35.

Notes: Universal Copyright Convention as Revised at Paris, 1971. Convention and protocols done at Paris July 24, 1971; Ratification advised by the Senate of the United States of America August 14, 1972; Ratified by the President of the United States of America August 28, 1972; Ratification of the United States of America deposited with the Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization September 18, 1972; Proclaimed by the President of the United States of America July 18, 1974; Entered into force July 10, 1974.




The Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on July 24, 1971, together with two related protocols, the text of which, as certified by the Director, Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in the French, English and Spanish languages, is hereto annexed;

The Senate of the United States of America by its resolution of August 14, 1972, two thirds of the Senators present concurring therein, gave its advice and consent to ratification of the Convention as revised, together... Continue reading book >>

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