David T. Keeling

in Intellectual Property Rights in EU Law Volume I: Free Movement and Competition Law

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780198259183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681912 | DOI:

Series: Oxford European Union Law Library


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Copyright protection is not dependent on registration. As a result of the wide acceptance of the leading conventions, in particular the Berne Convention, literary and artistic works enjoy a similar level of protection in large parts of the world from the moment of creation. It is tempting to assume, therefore, that copyright is somehow more universal' and less territorial in nature than other forms of intellectual property, such as patents and trade marks, which are generally dependent on registration with administrative authorities whose jurisdiction is by definition territorially limited.

Keywords: copyright; registration; Berne Convention; artistic works; intellectual property; patents; trade marks

Chapter.  16347 words. 

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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