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Authoratative References With Regard To Copyright Law.
The first two articles in this section, What is Copyright , and Duration of Copyright, will hopefully have given you some understanding of the protection offered by copyright law to photographers. For those who wish to delve into this subject more deeply, we offer the following links to public authority and other reputable websites in various countries, which give precise, and overwhelming, detail on copyright law. Read these references if you are reading for interests sake, but if you have a copyright problem we suggest you contact a specialist lawyer for advice.
We would be grateful for contributions to this section, specifically links to the Copyright or Intellectual Property offices of countries. Such links are likely to remain stable and kept up to date by the national governments concerned. Thus, anyone searching this site for copyright law in a specific country will ideally led to that countries government office that deals with copyright. Failing such information being available, links to the actual published copyright legislation for a country will be acceptable.
Supra National Authorities
Attempts to obtain some standardisation in copyright laws have led to the adoption of many international treaties by many countries. However many of these treaties and statements of intent do allow for considerable variation in in how they may be interpreted by national governments. The most important treaties and statements are listed below.
European Convention on Human Rights Articles 8, Right to respect for private and family life, and 10, Freedom of Expression, have particular relevance for photographers. Article 8 with relevance to the Moral Right concerning privacy. Article 10 provides for freedom of expression and can be used to resist censorship.
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 12, the right to privacy, and article 19, the right to freedom of expression, are relevant for the same reasons mentioned above with regard to the EU Convention On Human Rights.
Australian Copyright Council An independant non-profit organisation offering fact sheets and guidance on Australian copyright law.
China, Peoples Republic of
Copyright law of The Peoples Republic of China scroll down for English text.
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in China A guide for U.S. Companies published by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Danish Ministry of Culture - Copyright Legislation
Code de la propriété intellectuelle (official site, in French)
French Intellectual Property Code (semi-official translation)
Kopinor, Norwegian Reproduction Rights Organisation - Access to full Norwegian Copyright Act, Articles, Papers, etc
Government Offices of Sweden - Copyright information
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property with access to full legislative detail on copyright.
UK Intellectual Property Office The UK governments official body responsible for Intellectual Property, of which copyright is a part. Guidance and explanation of copyright law in the UK.
Design and Artists Copyright Society DACS is a membership based organisation representing 36,000 fine artists and 16,000 photographers, illustrators, craftspeople, cartoonests, architects, animators and designers, including some of the biggest names in contemporary visual arts. Their website has many useful articles and publications relating to copyright.
United States Copyright Office Comprehensive guide to copyright law in the United States, including how to register photographs.
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