Duration of Copyright

The length of term of Copyright protection depends on the type of work in question. Literary, artistic, musical or dramatic works have terms of protection expiring at the end of the calendar year of the author’s death plus 70 years. Sound recordings, broadcasts and computer programs have terms of protection expiring at the end of the calendar year when the work was first made plus 50 years.

The length of term of Copyright protection in artistic works is reduced if the work is industrially exploited during the term. An artistic work is considered industrially exploited if more than 50 articles are produced with the permission of the Copyright owner and the articles are seen as copies of the original artistic work. The term of Copyright protection is then reduced to 25 years from the end of the calendar year of first industrial exploitation.

The terms of Copyright vary according to when the work originated due to significant changes to the law in recent years. Our technical staff can advise on the term of protection of Copyright for different types of work. In addition, we have significant experience in assessing and advising on Copyright infringement issues.

The length of term of Copyright protection in artistic works is reduced if the work is industrially exploited during the term. An artistic work is considered industrially exploited if more than 50 articles are produced with the permission of the Copyright owner and the articles are seen as copies of the original artistic work. The term of Copyright protection is then reduced to 25 years from the end of the calendar year of first industrial exploitation.

The terms of Copyright vary according to when the work originated due to significant changes to the law in recent years. Our technical staff can advise on the term of protection of Copyright for different types of work. In addition, we have significant experience in assessing and advising on Copyright infringement issues.

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