International sources of Copyright law

On the international level, the most important sources of copyright law are:

Most countries in the world are parties to these agreements.

European sources of Copyright law

The most important EU directives concerning copyright law are (in chronological order):

National sources of Copyright law

In Germany, the main source of copyright law is Gesetz über Urheberrecht und verwandte Schutzrechte (UrhG).
In other countries:

  • United States: Copyright Act 1976 (17 USC)
  • UK: Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988
  • France: Code de la propriété intellectuelle, Livre I (Intellectual Property Code, Book 1)

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