This article is from the Piano General Topics FAQ, by Isako Hoshino email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
The United States is a founding member of the Universal
Copyright Convention (UCC) since September 16, 1955 and a
member of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary
and Artistic Works. A work by a national or resident of a
member country of the UCC or a work first published in a UCC
country may claim protection under the UCC.
The U.S. joined the Berne Convention on March 1, 1989.
Members of the Berne Union agree to treat nationals of other
member countries like their own nationals for purposes of
For further information on international copyrights see
Circulars 38a and 93.