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Mozambique: Berne Convention Ratified

(Sept. 3, 2013)

On August 22, 2013, Mozambique ratified the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, initially adopted in September 1886, which forms the basis of international protection of copyright. The ratification occurred when Mozambican Ambassador Pedro Afonso, who is the permanent representative of the country at the United Nations, deposited the Adhesion Instrument with the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). (Moçambique Ratifica a Convenção de BERNA, PORTAL DO GOVERNO DE MOÇAMBIQUE (Aug. 24, 2013); Berne Convention, WIPO website (last updated Sept. 28, 1979).)

During the event, Afonso also signed the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, which had been concluded in April 2013 during a diplomatic conference of the WIPO. The purpose of the treaty is to protect and promote the work of authors with disabilities. (Moçambique Ratifica a Convenção de BERNA, supra; Marrakesh Treaty, WIPO website (July 31, 2013).)