Chapter 24: Administrative provisions
The administrative provisions of the various conventions, treaties and agreements will not all be discussed in full detail as they are of particular interest only to a few government officials, diplomats and employees of the international organizations, but a few main features should, however, be pointed out. The Berne Convention entered into force on 5 December 1887, and the latest act, the 1971 Paris Act, entered into force as far as the substantive provisions are concerned on 10 October 1974. Since then, on 28 September 1979, a minor adjustment of the administrative provisions took place, moving from triennial to biannual programs and budgets. On 1 October 2003, the WIPO Conference and the Berne Convention Assembly adopted various amendments of the administrative provisions of, inter alia, the Berne Convention, notably dealing with: (i) the abolition of the WIPO Conference; (ii) the formalization in the treaties of the unitary contribution system and certain changes in contribution classes that had been practiced since 1994; and (iii) a change in the periodicity of the ordinary sessions of the Berne Union Assembly from once every two years to once every year. These amendments will enter into force when accepted by the required number of the States Members of the Assembly. Apart from certain amendments of the administrative provisions which are governed by specific rules in Article 26, Article 27 provides that any revision of the Paris Act, including its Appendix, requires the unanimity of the votes cast.
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