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Colonial copyright extensions: Spain at the Berne Convention (1883-1899)

Bellido, Jose (2011) Colonial copyright extensions: Spain at the Berne Convention (1883-1899). Journal of The Copyright Society of the USA 58 (1), p. 243. ISSN 0886-3520.

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It is well known that the origins of the Berne Convention for the protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886) lie in an international invitation issued by a French association, the Association Litteraire Internationale (ALI) 3 with the backing of the Swiss Federal Council. 4 However, it is important to note that the international initiatives promoted by this association had already begun to come to fruition in the early 1880s. Its efforts helped to create a positive environment for the formation of an international copyright agreement. Although at first ALI's activities were on a relatively small scale, gradually, they brought important European players into contact with each other. These players would, in time, become the main participants in the Treaty which emerged several years later. 5 Specifically, ALI established a bureaucratic apparatus, 6 secured a postal address, 7 and served as both an agency and a springboard for those who began to insist that the international perspective on copyright was a crucial component of the subject. 8 The development of an institutional space in which those interested - lawyers, politicians, writers - could make contacts and get to know one other, exchange experiences, ideas (and also books), 9 was achieved in a number of ways. Perhaps the most interesting of these was the organisation of a series of international artistic and literary congresses which became an annual point of exchange between jurists, publicists and journalists from all over the world.

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