The WIPO Copyright Treaty
The WCT formally took effect on March 6, 2002. Adopted in 1996, the treaty updates the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, currently the primary treaty addressing international copyright protection, to cover issues presented by new digital technologies. Although the main features of the treaty are already in place in United States copyright law, the treaty internationalizes those protections to cover works in all member countries.
Copyright Term Extension