Gazette International offers the fastest and most cost effective way (when compared like-with-like) to securely publish Notices that are Berne Convention Compliant and Vancouver Protocol Compliant.
Social Distancing Compatibility: Gazette International allows businesses and individuals to exchange and verify complex, official, private, public and time sensitive information for the facilitation of commercial interaction without the need for face to face meetings.
Price: Compared like-for-like Gazette International is cheaper than any comparable service or journal of record.
(See Annex I for detailed price comparisons)
Value for Money: A Gazette International Notice compares favourably with a single hour of a legal attorney's time and in non-contentious matters, especially in the initial stages of international business negotiations, can achieve the same effect. (See Annex III for detailed price comparisons.)
Accessibility: No restrictions on who may post Notices compared with national gazettes which have many restrictions. Notices are available in real time anywhere in the world to anyone who has internet access.
(See Annex I for restrictions on using National Gazettes.)
Speed: Notices appear in real time compared with a couple of days at national gazettes and journals of record and up to nine months at the US Copyright Office.
Integrated Technology: The only gazette which issues QR codes as standard and the only gazette service that is optimized for smartphone access.
Transparency and Security: The only gazette that enables Notices to include both open source documents and encrypted documents which is not possible at national gazettes or at the US Copyright Office.
The Berne Convention and Copyright Protection: Each Gazette International Notice is uniquely date and time stamped. If you use a Gazette International Notice to register an original work then it acts as incontrovertible third party proof that you were in possession of that work at that time and on that date.
That will help you establish copyright protection under the Berne Convention that is recognized in Berne Convention member states. (See Annex II for a Berne Convention Overview).
Vancouver Protocol: Each Gazette International Notice is uniquely date and time stamped and therefore can be used to establish Authorship and Copyright pre-publication. (See Annex III for a Vancouver Protocol Overview).
Annex I: Price comparisons.
Gazette International is a private Gazette, modelled on the London Gazette, to act as an online "journal of record" to provide a means for members of the public, regardless of location, residence, or nationality (except OFAC sanctioned countries), to announce notices that it would not be possible to place in a National Gazette or prohibitively expensive to announce in a traditional "journal of record".
Advantages of Gazette International compared to a National Gazette such as the London, Edinburgh or Belfast Gazette:
No restriction on who may place notices or from where. Any person, anywhere, (Except OFAC sanctioned
countries) may place a notice so long as it is written in English.
With National Gazettes only the following may place notices:
Insolvency practitioners – who are appointed by the court to place notices relating to personal or
Solicitors – who are appointed by the court to place notices related to personal or corporate insolvency, or who are appointed as executor of a will.
Chancellor of the Exchequer – to advertise the resignation of an MP.
The Bank of England – to advertise the recall of a bank note. District councils – making a proposal to make a regulation under the Road Traffic Acts.
Members of the public – if you are an individual acting as executor of a will and wish to place a notice supported by a grant of probate or letter of administration.
Notices must relate to the nation of the Gazette. Gazette International Notices are not restricted to a single nation.
Speed: Real time, immediate publication. Compared to 1 - 2 working days
Gazette International charges a flat fee of $197 per Notice, a fee which is exempt VAT/GST.
This compares favorably to the £175 GBP (£210 GBP with VAT) charged by the London Gazette (Approximately $270 USD).
Similarly, a brand , logo, map or signature image in the London Gazette costs £39.70 GBP (approximately $50 USD) whereas it they can be included free at Gazette International.
A Notice in Gazette International compares favourably with announcements in other "journals of record".
New York Times: A 4 line classified advert in the New York Times at at $211 for 7 days only.
Times of London: The following simple 43 word announcement would cost £203 to be published for a single day in the Times of London.
“How Much does it cost? Whilst trying to work out how much it costs to place an announcement in The Times I wrote this into The Times website. This simple 43 word announcement would cost £203 to be published for a single day.”
That would be £243.60 with VAT - Approximately $311 USD.
Annex II: Berne Convention Overview.
Berne Convention member states whose stated policies would accept a Gazette International Notice as to register an original work then it acts as incontrovertible third party proof that you were in possession of that work at that time and on that date as as follows:
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, usually known as the Berne Convention, is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Berne, Switzerland, in 1886.
The Berne Convention formally mandated several aspects of modern copyright law; it introduced the concept that a copyright exists the moment a work is "fixed", rather than requiring registration. It also enforces a requirement that countries recognize copyrights held by the citizens of all other parties to the convention. Copyright under the Berne Convention must be automatic; it is prohibited to require formal registration. In theory therefore you own the copyright to your work the moment it is completed and you have full protection under the Berne Convention.
However, theory and reality are often at odds and so it is with the Berne Convention. In reality, any copyright is only enforceable if author are able to prove that the work in question is indeed their own.
This can only realistically be done by some form of registration through a third party. Because the Berne Convention relies on the concept of "country of origin", access to reliable ways to register their work is different for authors dependent on their nationality and where they work. There is an initially reasonably priced option of $33USD for work created in the US through the US Copyright Office - - but it can take between one and nine months to complete a registration. Even with completion of this process the US service is somewhat archaic and limited in scope in that it only lists the title of the work and the author. It does not allow online access to the work and does not generate a QR code to reference the work.
However, the above headline fee of $33 USD is not comparing like-with-like. A Gazette International Notice automatically provides “full term” copyright protection. The equivalent service at the US Copyright Office is known as “full term retention” and costs $540 USD.
In the rest of the world, typically, the task falls to private registers of various types.
Models range from £33 GBP ($42 USD) per year for UK authors with the Protect My Work “independent witness agent” - to $125 USD for 15 years protection with the Copyright Registration Service -
Both offer a good service. However compared with $197 for a permanent record provided through a Gazette International Notice, they are expensive in the long run and neither include the ability to reference your copyright protection by QR code.
Gazette International is the only option that offers Berne Convention compliant copyright registration that can be referenced by QR code. The Berne Convention dates from 1886 and while there was always the intention to revise it to adapt to new technologies, in reality it has not been updated since 1971 and in its current form it is not best suited to take advantage of new digital technologies. It is said that it is unlikely that the Berne Convention will be updated to fully embrace the new digital realities.
This is because the Treaty gives each member state the right to veto any substantive change and also Berne members cannot easily create new copyright treaties to address the digital world's realities, because the Berne Convention
prohibits treaties that are inconsistent with its precepts.
The Berne Convention is here to stay because membership of it is a pre-condition for membership of the World Trade Organization.
So long as it is original creative work which has been recorded in an electronic format that can be uploaded in a file, you can register works such as:
Finally, unlike with other services, customers have the choice to upload in open source or locked format as best suits your needs.
On balance, Gazette International provides a solution to establishing Berne Convention compliant copyright protection that is at least as fast as any other service, is economical when considered as the long term investment that it is and which uniquely allows online access to your work in either locked or unlocked format and it is the only service that provides a QR code reference to your work.
Annex III: Vancouver Protocol
Vancouver Protocol - Academic authorship is used as a basis for reputation, employment, and even income. Authors are writers, but where collaboration is the norm, writing is not always seen as the only criterion for being included as an author. Collecting or analyzing data, contributing to design, or simply being part of a project, can also count as authorship. Who should be included on the by-line can be controversial. For this reason, most journals and scientific communities have established ethical guidelines that regulate co-authorship.
Originally established for Medicine, the Vancouver Protocol has now become widely utilized in other fields such as Science, Mathematics, Technology, Social Sciences and Psychology where collaborative projects are common.
Gazette International has responded to popular request from academics, scientists and researchers (especially those involved in joint and collaborative projects) to offer a means to establish Authorship and Pre-Publication Copyright Protection for Scientific and Research Papers under the Vancouver Protocol.
This allows participants to definitively log by unique date and time stamp and QR code their contribution and claim Authorship and Copyright pre-publication. This removes the possibility of later confusion or dispute as to individual authorship of a constituent part of a collaborative project whilst still in the pre-publication kinetic stage.
Annex IV: Typical cost of an attorney.
Attorney fees typically range from $100 to $300 per hour based on experience and specialization. Costs start at $100 per hour for new attorneys, but standard attorney fees for an expert lawyer to handle a complex case can average $225 an hour or more.
In non-contentious undertakings, such as Letters of Intent, agreement between two parties (especially those operating at a distance) to advance with a collaboration on the strength of a Gazette International Notice is a very cost effective and quick option to hiring lawyers or meeting in person.
This allows businesses and individuals to exchange and verify complex, official, private, public and time sensitive information for the facilitation of commercial interaction without the need for face to face meetings.