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COPYRIGHT LAW

Panama’s Copyright Law is regulated by means of Law No. 15 of August 8, 1994, which came into effect on February 1995. This new law introduced the creation of a specialized Copyright Law General Direction (a branch of the Ministry of Education), which was the entity in charge of regulating and creating the necessary requisites to register, deposit and inspect literary and artistic works of art.

 

The requirements to record a work of authorship before the Copyright Law General Direction are as follows:

Facts about the author: full name of the author; identification number and place of expedition; nationality; address, city and country of residency; Age, as well as date of birth or death;

Facts about the work to be recorded: Name, and updates of the same; date of creation or at least the year; date of first publication or date in which the work was for the first time made accesable to the public; country of origin of first publication; indication whether it is an original or derivative work; brief description of the work;

Two (2) samples of the work is published or one (1) sample if unpublished;

Power of Attorney

*In case of a literary work, the same must bear the ISBN number (International Standard Book Number).

 

Requirements to record an artistic or musical works:

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney, duly notarized and legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate;

Certificate of Good Standing of the Company, duly legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate;

Facts about the author: full name of the author; identification number and place of expedition; nationality; address, city and country of residency; Age, as well as date of birth or death;

Facts about the work to be recorded: Name; date of creation or at least the year; date of first publication; brief description of the work;

Two (2) samples of the work if published or one (1) sample if unpublished. *For the artistic work, a technical drawing is accepted.

 

Requirements to record software works:

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney, duly notarized and legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate;

Certificate of Good Standing of the Company, duly legalized by the Seal of the Apostille or the Panamanian Consulate;

Facts about the author: full name of the author; identification number and place of expedition; nationality; address, city and country of residency; Age, as well as date of birth or death;

Facts about the work to be recorded: Name, and updates of the same; date of creation or at least the year; date of first publication or date in which the work was for the first time made accesable to the public; country of origin of first publication; indication whether it is an original or derivative work; brief description of the work;

Manual of the program and text of the program written in computer language;

Two (2) samples of the work if published or one (1) sample if unpublished

 

 
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