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French Intellectual Property Code

Article L111-1 of the French Intellectual Property Code

The author of a work of the mind enjoys, by the sole fact of its creation, an exclusive intangible property right enforceable against all. This right comprises attributes of an intellectual and moral nature as well as attributes of an economic nature, which are determined by Books I and III of this Code. The existence or conclusion of a contract for the hire of work or service by the author…

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Article L111-3 of the French Intellectual Property Code

Intangible property as defined by Article L. 111-1 is independent of ownership of the tangible object. As a result of this acquisition, the acquirer of this object is not invested with any of the rights provided for by this Code, except in the cases provided for by the provisions of the second and third paragraphs of Article L. 123-4. These rights subsist in the person of the author or his…

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Article L111-4 of the French Intellectual Property Code

Subject to the provisions of international conventions to which France is a party, in the event that, after consultation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, it is established that a State does not provide works disclosed for the first time in France in any form whatsoever with sufficient and effective protection, works disclosed for the first time on the territory of that State do not benefit from the protection recognised…

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Article L111-5 of the French Intellectual Property Code

Subject to international conventions, the rights granted in France to authors of software by this code are granted to foreigners on condition that the law of the State of which they are nationals or on the territory of which they have their domicile, registered office or effective place of business grants protection to software created by French nationals and by persons having their domicile or effective place of business in…

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Article L112-2 of the French Intellectual Property Code

The following in particular shall be considered to be intellectual works within the meaning of this Code: 1° Books, brochures and other literary, artistic and scientific writings; 2° Lectures, speeches, sermons, pleadings and other works of a similar nature; 3° Dramatic or dramatico-musical works ; 4° Choreographic works, circus numbers and tricks, pantomimes, the implementation of which is fixed in writing or otherwise; 5° Musical compositions with or without words;…

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Article L112-3 of the French Intellectual Property Code

Authors of translations, adaptations, transformations or arrangements of intellectual works shall enjoy the protection instituted by this Code without prejudice to the rights of the author of the original work. The same shall apply to authors of anthologies or collections of various works or data, such as databases, which, by the choice or arrangement of their subject matter, constitute intellectual creations. By database is meant a collection of independent works,…

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Article L112-4 of the French Intellectual Property Code

The title of a work of the mind, once it has an original character, is protected like the work itself. No one may, even if the work is no longer protected under the terms of articles L. 123-1 to L. 123-3, use this title to identify a work of the same genre, under conditions likely to cause confusion.

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