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Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1971, amended 1979)
Provides for international protection of copyrights by authors of literary and artistic works.
North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (1996)
Chapter 13, "Telecommunications". Reduces trade barriers between Mexico, Canada, and the United States with regard to access to telecom networks, value-added service licenses, standards, and anticompetitive monopolies.
Chapter 17, "Intellectual Property". Article 1705 amends Berne Convention to include computer programs and data compilations as protected literary works.
Chapter 17, "Intellectual Property". Article 1708 allows for the protection of trademarks.
Universal Copyright Convention (1952, revised 1971)
Provides for international copyright protection of literary and artistic works.
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Copyright Treaty (1996)
Extends copyright protection to computer programs and databases, but not to the data itself.
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (1996)
Recognises copyrights and moral rights of actors, singers, musicians, and dancers in their performances which are broadcast over the Internet.
U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980)
Establishes uniform rules for the interpretation of international contracts for the sale of goods.
UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce (1996 draft)
Draft dated 16 December 1996, of model law to facilitate commercial transactions over the Internet, for example by recognizing the validity of digital signatures.

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