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Economy > Intellectual property > Copyright > Copyright duration relative to life of author: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This stat compares the copyright duration of an original intellectual creation after its author's death. Although the definition is very variable, an original intellectual work can be described as the previously unpublished work of artistic or divulgative nature. As an almost universal rule, the copyright last for the entire life of the author or authors, plus a given number of years (typically 50 to 70). You can check this page for copyright terms concerning works published for the first time after the author's death, works published in non-printed form (like audiovisual creations) and other special cases. Once the copyright term expires, the work becomes public domain, and therefore can be freely used by anyone.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan Life 50 years
Albania Life 70 years
Algeria date=January 2011}}</ref>
Andorra Life 70 years
Angola Life 50 years
Anguilla Life 50 years
Antigua and Barbuda Life 50 years
Argentina Life 70 years
Armenia Life 70 years
Aruba Life 50 years
Austria Life 70 years
Azerbaijan Life 50 years (except posthumous work published at first time during 30 years)
Bahrain Life 50 calendar years (except posthumous work)
Bangladesh Life 50 years
Barbados Life 50 years
Belarus Life 50 years
Belgium Life 70 years
Belize Life 50 years
Benin Life 50 years
Bermuda Life 50 years
Bhutan Life 50 years
Bolivia Life 50 years
Bosnia and Herzegovina Life 70 years
Botswana Berne, TRIPS, WCT
Brazil Life 70 years
British Indian Ocean Territory unknown
British Virgin Islands unknown
Brunei Life 50 years
Bulgaria Life 70 years (EU)
Burkina Faso Life 70 years
Burma TRIPS
Burundi Life 50 years
Cambodia Life 50 years
Cameroon Life 50 years
Canada Life 50 years
Cape Verde Life 50 years
Cayman Islands unknown
Central African Republic Berne, TRIPS
Chad Berne, TRIPS
Chile Life 70 years
Colombia Life 80 years
Comoros Berne
Congo, Republic of the Berne, TRIPS
Costa Rica Life 70 years
Croatia Life 70 years
Cuba Life 50 years
Cyprus Life 50 years (EU, WCT)
Czech Republic Life 70 years
Democratic Republic of the Congo Berne, TRIPS
Denmark Life 70 years
Djibouti Life 25 years (Berne, TRIPS)
Dominica Life 70 years
Dominican Republic Life 50 years
East Timor Life 50 years
Ecuador Life 70 years
Egypt Life 50 years
El Salvador Life 50 years
Equatorial Guinea Berne
Eritrea the latter of Life 0 years or 50 years since publication
Estonia Life 70 years (EU)
Ethiopia Life 50 years
Federated States of Micronesia Life 50 years
Fiji url= http://portal.unesco.org/culture/admin/file_download.php/fj_copyright_1999_en.pdf?URL_ID=30383&filename=11424205153fj_copyright_1999_en.pdf&filetype=application/pdf&filesize=572007&name=fj_copyright_1999_en.pdf&location=user-S/ |title=Copyright Act 1999 |date= |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref>
Finland Life 70 years
France Life 70 years (except posthumous works published after this term)
Gabon Berne, TRIPS, WCT
Gambia Life 50 years
Georgia Life 70 years
Germany Life 70 years
Ghana Life 70 years
Greece Life 70 years
Grenada Berne, TRIPS
Guatemala Life 75 years
Guinea TRIPS, WCT
Guinea-Bissau Berne, TRIPS
Guyana Life 50 years
Haiti Berne, TRIPS
Holy See (Vatican City) url= http://portal.unesco.org/culture/admin/file_download.php/va_copyright_1960_it.pdf?URL_ID=30483&filename=11430217273va_copyright_1960_it.pdf&filetype=application/pdf&filesize=85982&name=va_copyright_1960_it.pdf&location=user-S/ |title=N. XII. Legge sil diritto di autore |date= |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref>
Honduras Life 75 years
Hong Kong url= http://www.legislation.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/e1bf50c09a33d3dc482564840019d2f4/8c9a7f494889b108482564dc002d834b?OpenDocument |title=s. 17(2), Copyright Ordinance (Cap. 528) |publisher=Legislation.gov.hk |date=1997-06-30 |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref> Life 50 years (films)
Hungary date=December 2011}}</ref>
Iceland Life 70 years
India Life 60 years (except posthumous works)
Indonesia Life 50 years
Iran Life 50 years
Iraq Life 50 years
Ireland Life 70 years
Israel Life 70 years
Italy Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Jamaica Life 50 years
Japan Life 50 years
Jordan Life 50 years
Kazakhstan Life 50 years
Kenya Life 50 years (literary, musical or artistic work other than photographs)
Kiribati Life 50 years
Kuwait Decree Law No. 64 of 1999 concerning Intellectual Property Rights</ref>
Kyrgyzstan Life 50 years
Laos Life 50 years.
Latvia Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Lebanon Life 50 years
Lesotho Life 50 years
Liberia unknown
Libya Life 25 years with 50-year minimum (as of 1968; may have changed since)
Liechtenstein Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Lithuania Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Luxembourg Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Macau Life 50 years
Madagascar Life 70 years
Malawi Life 50 years
Malaysia Life 50 years
Maldives Life 50 years from death.
Mali Life 50 years
Malta Life 70 years
Marshall Islands 0, no copyright. Copyright legislation is not known to exist.
Mauritania Berne, TRIPS
Mauritius Life 50 years
Mexico Life 100 years (effective 23 July 2003 non-retroactively)
Moldova Life 50 years
Monaco Life 50 years
Mongolia Life 50 years
Montenegro Life 70 years
Morocco Life 50 years
Mozambique Life 70 years
Namibia Life 50 years (except posthumous works)
Nauru unknown
Nepal Life 50 years
Netherlands Life 70 years
New Zealand Life 50 years (literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work)
Nicaragua Life 70 years
Niger Life 50 years
Nigeria Life 70 years (literary, musical or artistic works other than photographs)
Norway Life 70 years
Oman title=Articles 26 of The Law For The Protection of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights|url= http://www.mocioman.gov.om/Main-Menu/Laws-and-Regulations/Laws/copy-right-law.aspx|work=Royal Decree 65/2008|publisher=Ministry of Commerce and Industry|accessdate=23 August 2012}}</ref>
Pakistan Life 50 years
Palau Life 50 years
Panama Life 50 years
Papua New Guinea Life 50 years
Paraguay Life 70 years
Peru Life 70 years
Philippines Life 50 years
Poland Life 70 years
Portugal Life 70 years [Life 50 years]
Qatar Life 50 years
Republic of Macedonia Life 70 years
Romania Life 70 years
Russia url= http://www.consultant.ru/popular/gkrf4/ |title=Article 1281 of Civil Code |publisher=Consultant.ru |date= |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref> Rehabilitation 70 years (for repressed and rehabilitated) Life 74 years (for those taking part or working during the war of 1941–1945) Life 50 years (death before 1943)
Rwanda Berne, TRIPS
Saint Kitts and Nevis Life 50 years
Saint Lucia Life 50 years
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines url= http://portal.unesco.org/culture/admin/file_download.php/vc_copyright_2003_en.PDF?URL_ID=30444&filename=11425886943vc_copyright_2003_en.PDF&filetype=application/pdf&filesize=333544&name=vc_copyright_2003_en.PDF&location=user-S/ |title=Copyright Act, 2003 |date= |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref>
Samoa author=WIPO |url= http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/text.jsp?file_id=179610 |title=Copyright Act 1998 |publisher=Wipo.int |date=2012-04-02 |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref>
San Marino Life 50 years
Saudi Arabia url= http://www.sagia.gov.sa/Documents/Laws/Copyright Law_En.pdf |title=Royal Decree No: M/41 2nd Rajab 1424 H August 30, 2003 |format=PDF |date= |accessdate=2012-06-08}}</ref>
Senegal url= http://www.bsda.sn/Loi_2008_09 sur le droit d'auteur.pdf|title=Loi 2008-09 du 25-01-2008 sur le droit d'auteur et les droits voisins|format=PDF|accessdate=2012-08-26}}</ref>
Serbia Life 70 years
Seychelles Life 25 years
Sierra Leone Life 50 years
Singapore Life 70 years (except posthumous work)
Slovakia Life 70 years
Slovenia Life 70 years
Solomon Islands Life 50 years
Somalia unknown
South Africa Life 50 years (literary or musical works or artistic works, other than photographs)
South Korea Life 70 years
Spain Life 70 years [Life 80 years(1879–1987), Life 60 years(1987–1994)]
Sri Lanka Life 70 years
Sudan Life 50 years
Suriname Berne, TRIPS
Swaziland Life 50 years
Sweden Life 70 years
Switzerland Life 70 years effective 1 July 1993 non-retroactively, but Life 50 years for computer programs
Syria Life 50 years
Taiwan Life 50 years (except posthumous works first published 40 to 50 years after death)
Tajikistan Berne
Tanzania Life 50 years
Thailand Life 50 years
The Bahamas Berne
Togo Life 50 years
Tonga Life 50 years
Trinidad and Tobago Life 50 years
Tunisia Life 50 years
Turkey Life 70 years
Turkmenistan Life 50 years
Tuvalu Life 50 years
Uganda TRIPS
Ukraine Life 70 years [Life 25 years (1963—1994), Life 50 years (1994—2001)]
United Arab Emirates Life 50 years
United Kingdom Life 70 years If the author is unknown, 70 years If there are multiple authors, life of last surviving author 70 years
United States 17|302}}(a)</ref>
Uruguay Life 50 years
Uzbekistan Life 50 years
Vanuatu unknown
Venezuela Life 60 years
Vietnam Berne
Yemen Life 30 years
Zambia Life 50 years
Zimbabwe Life 50 years

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