What is the Berne convention?

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The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement about copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland in 1886. It closely matches U.S. copyright laws and applies to countries that have signed and ratified the treaty.

http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/berne/trtdocs_wo001.html

List of countries which have signed and ratified one or more multilateral international copyright treaties.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_international_copyright_treaties