Orelli: 'Swiss Copyright Act 1883 with comments and appendices', Zurich (1884)

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Orelli: 'Swiss Copyright Act 1883 with comments and appendices', Zurich (1884), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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'The Swiss Federal Statute of 23. April 1883 regarding copyright in works of literature and art: with a discussion of the relevant international treaties. Commented and explained by Aloys von Orelli' (Zurich 1884)

Full title original language:
'Das schweizerische Bundesgesetz betreffend das Urheberrecht an Werken der Litteratur und Kunst: Unter Berücksichtigung der bezüglichen Staatsverträge. Erl. von Aloys von Orelli' (Zürich: Schultheß, 1884)

The Copyright Act of 1883 conferred exclusive rights to authors for their lifespan plus 30 years p.m.a. The original author's right to control translations of his work was restricted to a 5 years' term within which the legitimate translation had to be published (Art. 3). The authors of musical and dramatic works were required to explicitly reserve their rights and the royalties were limited to 2% of box office takings (Art. 7). The restriction on translation rights was overtaken as early as 1886 when Switzerland signed the Berne Convention. But even after the Berlin revision of the Berne Convention in 1908 Switzerland did not adopt Berne standards before a new Copyright Act was issued in 1922.

1 Commentary:

  • Wittweiler, Bernhard, 'Die Auswirkungen der Berner Übereinkunft auf die schweizerische Urheberrechtsgesetzgebung', in Manfred Rehbinder and Wolfgang Larese (eds), 'Die Berner Übereinkunft und die Schweiz' (Stämpfli: Berne, 1986)

Related documents in this database:
1829: Printing statutes in the Canton of Zürich
1852: French International Copyright Act
1886: Correspondence respecting the Copyright Union
1886: Berne Convention

Author: Aloys von Orelli (1827-1892)

Publisher: F. Schultheß

Year: 1884

Location: Zurich

Language: German

Source: Private Collection

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Orelli, Aloys von

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Swiss Copyright Act 1883

dramatic works, protected subject matter
duration, post mortem term
international agreements, Berne Convention
music, protected subject matter
public performance
translation, protection of
translation, right of

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