Copyright Law 59/1976 and its amendments up to 2015
The Copyright Law (No 59/1976 and its amendments up to 2015) protects scientific works, literary works, musical works, artistic works, cinematographic films, photographs, sound recordings, broadcasts, against unauthorized copying, sale, rental distribution, lending, advertising, exhibiting in public, and their communication to the public. The Law protects Cypriot citizens for their published work as well as citizens of other countries for their work published in Cyprus. The recent amendments aimed at harmonizing the previous legislation to the European. In addition to the above, the legislation contributes in creating an enabling environment and addressing the contemporary challenges, including those relating to digital content.
The legislation (No 59/1976 and its amendments up to 2015) refers to the protection of original scientific, literary, music, artistic works, as well as cinematographic works, photography, recordings, broadcastings and databases. The Copyright Law protects Cypriot citizens for their published work as well as citizens of other countries for their work published in Cyprus. Copyright is an automatic right which you do not need to formally apply or pay for. It arises as soon as the work is “fixed” in a material form.
There is a general recognition of the importance of intellectual property rights in sustaining those involved in cultural creativity. Therefore the aim of this measure is, mainly, to ensure that artists’ work is fairly remunerated, safeguarded and properly disseminated.