Copyright refers to the creator’s right to possess, use, and generate benefits from his original works, which are the product of human creativity and are protected by copyright, e.g. literary works, artistic works, movies, musical works, dramatic works, computer software, photography, sculpture, ceramic pieces or architecture.

Registration is not required

Protection is effective automatically once the work is made, without need of registration or public disclosure and granted for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years, with the exception of radio transmitted programs (20 years after the end of the calendar year in which the program was broadcasted) and art works (25 years only).

Copyright ownership

Copyright is owned by the author or intellectual creator of the work. The ownership of the economic rights in a work made on behalf of another person, either in fulfillment of official duties or under an employment contract, shall be determined in accordance with what has been agreed. Any person, who in any way, either totally or partly, subsidizes or finances the preparation, completion, disclosure or publication of a work, shall not thereby acquire any copyright in the said work, unless otherwise agreed.

The author has the commercial right of exploring commercially its work and being paid by the use made by third parties when authors consent is not required.

Author rights

The author has the personal rights:

  • Not to publish its work;
  • To be identified as the author of the work;
  • To remove the work from circulation;
  • Not to have his work subjected to derogatory treatment.