Copyright in the Developing Countries

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A simple guide written in non-legal language for authors, editors, publishers and others in developing countries who want a brief outline of the main developments in international copyright in recent years, and a guide to publishing agreements.



Questions of Copyright

The concept behind copyright is that the creators of literary and artistic works have rights of ownership in their works, and, further, that those rights should be afforded legal protection in order to prevent unauthorized appropriation. As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, ‘Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author’. It does not matter whether he works in a developed or a developing country: he needs such protection because without it he is in danger of losing his livelihood.


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