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808.10(J) (1) The 1994 Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

 

808.10(J) (1) The 1994 Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

 

On December 8, 1994, the U.S. copyright law was amended in accordance with the intellectual property provisions of the 1994 Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA). See Pub. L. No. 103-465, 108 Stat. 4809 (1994) (codified as amended at 17 U.S.C. §§ 104A, 1101). This amendment provides for the automatic restoration of copyrights in certain foreign works that are in the public domain in the United States, but are not in the public domain in their source country through the expiration of the term of protection. The earliest effective date of restoration is January 1, 1996. The restoration amendment is codified in Section 104A of the copyright law and it supersedes the NAFTA amendment discussed below. Works from treaty countries whose copyrights have been restored may be registered on Form GATT. For information concerning this procedure, see Chapter 20000, Section 2007.