Italy Copyright Laws

Italy Copyright Laws
The main law regulating copyright is Law No. 633 of 22 April 1941 (Copyright Law) (CL) on the protection of copyright and of other rights related to its exercise, as supplemented and amended by subsequent laws.

Copyright litigation proceedings follow the ordinary procedural rules of the Code of Civil Procedure, except for some specific provisions about remedies and sanctions provided by the CL. Italy is a member of the European Union (EU) and, therefore, it is also affected by EU legislation and by directives enacted in the copyright field and implemented in Italy.

In addition, Italy is party to international treaties regarding copyright law, generally aimed at setting common rules and a minimum level of protection in member states, including International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations of 1961, WIPO Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works 1971 (Berne Convention), WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty of 1996, Universal Copyright Convention of 1952-1971.

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