Re: need some help...
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on July 06, 1999 at 08:56:31:
In Reply to: need some help... posted by Marie on July 04, 1999 at 08:07:54:
: I'm writing a thesis about the american cinematographic adaptation of a french creation. Therefore, i have to know which law must be applied (french author's right or american copyright).
: Which system adopted USA to chose the law appliable when there is such an international contract between France and USA?
: Help me please. I feel lost!...
The rights are protected on a country by country basis. Treaties may extent right to more than one country. The enforcement in each country even if there is a treaty is under the local law. If the French work is copyrighted in the US then there will be copyright protectrion for it. Wht is protected is the French mode of expression. Your question is too abstract to give a clear answer. I believe that if Shakespeare had a contemporary copyright on Romeo and Juliet that West Side Story would have been and infringement.
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