Source: Tehran Times
The second seminar on the observation of copyrights in Iran was held here on Tuesday attended by Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini and First Vice President Mohammadreza Rahimi.
The seminar was held at the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) International Conference Hall in which Hosseini expressed hope to join the Universal Copyright Convention in the future, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
Hosseini said that in the first seminar held here last year, the primary talks over the observation of copyrights were discussed including the laws on protection of writers and producers of literary works.
After the first seminar, the ministry decided to take serious steps to avoid further violation of copyright laws in Iran, Hosseini said.
He added that a bill to join the Universal Copyright Convention was completed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance early April.
Hosseini expressed hope that Iran would join Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886), and the Rome International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (1961).
Also included was a message submitted by Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), in which he stressed the observation of copyrights as a powerful mechanism to help protect the rights of writers and producers.
Many countries have signed and ratified one or more multilateral international copyright treaties, which include the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886), the Universal Copyright Convention, the Geneva Act, (UCC Geneva, 1952), the Universal Copyright Convention, the Paris Act (UCC Paris, 1971), the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, Marrakech (TRIPS, 1994), and WIPO Copyright Treaty, Geneva, (WCT, 1996).
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