Back in January the Republic of Uzbekistan notified the World Intellectual Property Organization of its intention to sign up to the Berne Convention on the Protection of Litarary and Artistic Works. The instrument of accession states:
"The Republic of Uzbekistan declares that the above mentioned Convention shall not apply to the literary and artistic works which on the date of entering into force of this Convention for the Republic of Uzbekistan are already public domain on its territory".The Convention will enter into force on 19 April 2005.
subject-matter that will benefit from accession
The IPKat says "welcome to the club". He remembers the dim and distant days when copyright protection in the former Soviet Union was an impossible dream. Now it's a possible dream but, until law enforcement improves in the Caucasus, it tends to be a pretty improbable one. Merpel says "don't be so cynical -- every great journey on the long and winding road to decent copyright protection must start with one small step".
Uzbekistan art and culture links here
Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan here
Why protection of foreign copyright works in Uzbekistan may become a hot topic here