Study Committee

Term of copyright protection

Durée de protection par droit d’auteur

Schutzdauer für Urheberrechte

  • Main Task:

    To prepare a Draft Resolution to be presented at the AIPPI ExCo, Helsinki, Finland, September 2013

    Description of Working Question

    The political discussion about copyright protection is ongoing. One of the issues brought up by interested parties who would like to limit copyright protection is a limitation of the term of protection. Different models are discussed, for example a term of protection only for the lifetime of the author or a term of protection depending on the type of work. The revised Bern Convention sets a minimum term of protection of 50 years after the death of the author, but allows exceptions for certain types of works, for example photography or applied art (which may not be less than 25 years after creation). In the European Union, there is even a fixed term of protection of 70 years after the death of the author. Due to these international rules, a national legislator would not be free to decide on a term of protection. Accordingly, it makes sense to discuss the topic of limitation of copyright term on an international level.

  • Chair: Jonas WESTERBERG (Sweden)
  • Co-Chair: Coenraad J. VISSER (South Africa)
  • Co-Chair: Manoj MENDA (India)
  • Secretary: Martin HEMMER (Netherlands)
  • Assistant to the Reporter General: Kazuhiko Yoshida