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Copyright and Related Rights
9. Article 14 of TRIPS requires that performances be protected for a term of 50 years from when the performance took place and phonograms be protected for a term of 50 years from fixation. Articles 42 and 45 of Norway’s Copyright Law, however, appear to protect phonograms and performances for a term of protection equal to only 25 years. How do these Articles comply with the requirements of TRIPS Article 14?
The Norwegian Copyright Act Section 42, second paragraph stipulates that the term of protection as regards performances is 50 years from the expiry of the year in which the performance took place. 50 years term of protection also applies to sound fixations pursuant to Section 45. The term of protection was extended from 25 years to 50 years in 1988 (Act No. 101 of 23 December 1988).