How Do I Protect My Work in Other Countries?

There is no such thing as an “international copyright” that automatically protects an author’s works throughout the entire world. Protection against unauthorized use in a particular country depends on the national laws of that country. Most countries offer protection to non-U.S. works under certain conditions, and these conditions have been greatly simplified by international copyright treaties and conventions. Generally, a U.S. work may be protected in another country if that country has entered into an international agreement with the United States. For more information and a list of countries that maintain copyright relations with the United States, see International Copyright Relations of the United States (Circular 38A).

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