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International Copyright Protection

There is no “international copyright” that will automatically protect an author's work throughout the entire world. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends basically on the national laws of that country. However, most countries do offer protection to foreign works under certain conditions, and these conditions have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions. For a list of countries that maintain copyright relations with the United States, request Circular 38a from the Copyright Office.

For More Information

Information on registration and application forms may be obtained free of charge by writing or calling the Copyright Office. Address inquiries to the Copyright Office, Publications Section, LM-455, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC 20559-6000. To speak with an information specialist, call 202-707-3000. Copyright information is also available on the Web, www.loc.gov/copyright .

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