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Directive on harmonising the term of copyright protection

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The Directive on harmonising the term of copyright protection was a European Union (EU) copyright directive issued in 1993.

The goal was to ensure that there was a single duration for copyright monopolies across the entire EU. The chosen term was that of Germany, which had the longest copyright term of any EU state, lasting 70 years after the death of the author. Unlike some other copyright term extension acts, this act retroactively restored copyright to works that had fallen into the public domain in their source countries (see grandfathering).

Because this extended term (longer than that required by the Berne Convention) was made available within the EU to non-EU copyright owners on the basis of reciprocity, the directive was one of the main arguments in favour of the (now highly controversial) US Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

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