General Assembly Resolution # 61
A resolution to promote funding and the development of education and the arts.
Category: Education and Creativity
Area of Effect: Artistic
Proposed by: Glen-Rhodes
Desiring to strengthen and protect the rights of authors in their literary and artistic works, as well as in the intellectual means of the production of such works,
Recognizing the legitimacy of national copyright laws, but understanding that international rules must be established to protect the rights of authors abroad,
The World Assembly therefore
DEFINES, for the purpose of this resolution, copyright law as any law that grants the author of an original work of creative artistic or literary value exclusive right for a certain period of time in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution, and adaptation, after which time the work enters the public domain; public domain as the collection of works neither protected under copyright law nor under state ownership, available for free use by the public; intellectual property as intangible property that is the result of original artistic and commercial creativity, and that owners have been granted exclusive right over; fair use as the use of any copyrighted work or intellectual property for educational, personal, private, critical, or satirical purposes, provided that such use does not excessively infringe on the exclusive right or profits of the owner;
REAFFIRMS that national copyright laws apply to works created, distributed, and used in that nation, regardless of the origin of such works or the nationality or citizenship of the owner,
NOTES that such affirmation does not grant immunity to persons or institutions being held liable by foreign governments or copyright holders for the infringement of any copyrighted work or intellectual property, given that sufficient proof can establish a direct intent to infringe upon the rights of the owner of the copyrighted work or intellectual property;
DECLARES that national copyright laws must grant the following rights and protections to the owners of any copyrighted work or intellectual property: the owners exclusive right over the work or intellectual property, including its publication, distribution, and adaptation; the right of immediate copyright protection abroad of a work following placement in tangible form, with no legal or statutory formalities required for protection; the protection of the work or intellectual property from the publication, distribution, adaptation, display, demonstration, reproduction, and storage in electronic form by any person or government entity without the consent of the owner, for a period of time extending at least twenty-five years after the death of the creator, or the shorter of thirty years from publication or forty years from creation, if the work is of corporate authorship;
FURTHER DECLARES that national copyright laws must not discriminate in favor of domestic works, however affirming that nations may subject domestic works to additional requirements for copyright protection;
ALSO AFFIRMS that copyrighted works may be used freely and legally, if such use can be proven to be legitimate fair use;
PROTECTS the right of a copyright holder or intellectual property owner to sell, trade, or otherwise transfer their exclusive right to another party; to release the copyrighted work or intellectual property in to the public domain; and to license the use of copyrighted work or intellectual property to any person or institution, under any reasonable terms they so wish.