Term Of Protection

The term of protection for copyrighted works depends on type of work that is being protected. Literary, musical and artistic works, other than photographs, are granted for a period that extends throughout the lifetime of the author and 60 years thereafter. However, if the work has not been published, performed, broadcasted or sold during the author’s lifetime, then the copyright will continue for 60 years from the year in which any of these acts in connection to the copyrighted work are done.

Movies, photographs and software are protected, with the consent of the owner, for 60 years from the year in which the work is made available to the public. Sound recordings are protected for 60 years from the year in which the recording is first published. In the case of government publications and works of international organizations, the 60–year period is counted from the date of publication.