Originally Posted by Billi
Just a little nitpicking: these works would still be protected in Germany (and in other countries too, I am quite sure) as there is a bilateral treaty from 1892 still valid. (But it would of course defeat the object if the US would leave the Berne convention only to make hundreds of new state-to-state treaties.)
Yes, the UK has a bilateral treaty, too, but it would be a nightmare to negotiate bilateral treaties with each countries individually. That's the whole point of the Berne Convention - to remove that necessity.