Decree and Communiqu

Decree and Communiqué

Cardinal Angelo Sodano
Secretary of State


The Vatican Publishing House, as an Institution. connected with the Holy See, has been entrusted with the exercise and custody, permanently and throughout the world, of every moral copyright and of all the exclusive financial rights — without any exception — over all the deeds and documents through which the Supreme Pontiff exercises his own Magisterium.

To discharge this office, the Vatican Publishing House, in the person of the Director and legal representative pro tempore, acts in the name and interests of the Holy See, with the authority to undertake any act for the disposition of the said rights, to initiate legal and judicial proceedings, to propose any action in order to ensure the full protection and realization of these rights and to resist any claim or request from third parties, in conformity with the norms of the international treaties and conventions to which the Holy See adheres.

From the Vatican, 31 May 2005

Secretary of State


We make known that the Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI, has entrusted to the Vatican Publishing House the exercise and custody of all the copyright royalties and all the exclusive rights to the income from deeds, works and writings written prior to the Pontiff's election to the Chair of Peter.

Without prejudice to the rights acquired by third parties by virtue of previously-established contracts with the Author, from now on the exercise and custody of the copyrights in the contracts currently in force are entrusted to the Vatican Publishing House.

From the Vatican, 31 May 2005

Secretary of State

Taken from:
L'Osservatore Romano
Weekly Edition in English
8 June 2005, page 2

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