Administrative Instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2/Add.2
25 February 1992
TO: Members of the staff
FROM: The Under-Secretary-General for Conference Services and Special Assignments
1. The Organization's policy governing copyright in United Nations publications was announced in administrative instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.1 of 25 March 1985. A revised copyright policy was announced by administrative instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2 of 17 September 1987 and was put into effect on an experimental basis from 1 October 1987 to 31 December 1989. To gain further experience and better gauge the the impact of the revised policy, the experimental period was extended until 31 December 1991. To this effect, administrative instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2/Add.1 was issued on 5 April 1990.
2. In late 1991, the Publications Board appointed a Working Group to study the impact of both the revised copyright policy as well as recent developments in copyright law and in electronic publications and dissemniation technology on the Organization's publishing programme and activities. There is general consensus that the revised copyright policy has had a positive impact and yielded the desired result of enhancing the control the Organization retains over the use of its intellectual property to ensure that it is used in the best interests of the United Nations and to protect the revenues that might accrue from sales and external publications. However, it is apparent that greater efforts are required by author departments at all duty stations to adhere to and apply uniformly the copyright policy and procedures announced in ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2. It is equally apparent that issues pertaining to the copyright of designs originating within the Organization as well as the copyrightability of databases and compilations, including software, require further study and possible revisions to the guidelines set out in administrative instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2. The purpose of the present instruction is to extend the experimental period until these issues have been resolved in a further revision to that instruction. This instruction supersedes ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2/Add.1.