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Copyright rules in Italy

Published on 23 January 2018

Get to grips with the framework of copyright law in Italy with the 2018 TerraLex Cross-Border Copyright Guide.

What are the main sources of copyright law in Italy?


The main source of copyright legislation in Italy is Italian Law no. 633 of 22 April 1941 (ICL), and its subsequent amendments, which substantially enforce the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 1886.  


As Italy is a member of the European Union, Italian legislation must be interpreted and applied by the judiciary in accordance with European Directives and Regulations which have direct effect.


To find out more about subsistence of copyright, ownership, infringement, remedies, enforcement and copyright reform in Italy, download the 2018 TerraLex Cross-Border Copyright Guide.