Copyrights

If there is an original piece of literary or artistic work that needs to be protected from duplication or re-use without consent, then it should be copyrighted. Copyright protection extends to the following:

Literacy Works

Literacy Works

Muscical Works

Muscical Works

Artistic Works

Artistic Works

Performances of literary or musical works

Performances of literary or musical works

Films

Films

Sound Recordings

Sound Recordings

Broadcasts

Broadcasts

Steps to Register a Copyright

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File an application at the IP Office of the Registrar Division

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Copyright
Examination

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The Registrar may by notice require the applicant to show proof of ownership of the copyright

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Registration of the Copyright

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Duration of Copyright

The lifespan of Copyright depends on the type of work protected:

 

50 years
after the death of the author for their literary, musical or artistic work

50 years
after the first publication of photograph or films

50 years
after the first performance of literary or musical work

50 years
after making of the sound recording

50 years
after the first broadcast

 

Fees

Shown below are the fees for Copyright registration and other services.

Application for registration

SCR100 per item

Application for registration of agreement, contract, license or assignment

SCR100 per item

Request for a search of the Copyright register

SCR50 per search

Application to inspect the Copyright register

SCR50 per inspection

The following constitutes Copyright Infringement

A person who, at the time when Copyright subsists:

  • Makes for sale or hire; or
  • Sells or lets for hire; or
  • Imports into Seychelles otherwise than for his private and domestic use, an article which he knows to be an infringing copy of the work.


A person who, at the time when Copyright exists in a work, distributes, either:

  • For the purpose of trade; or
  • For other purposes, to such an extent as to effect prejudicially the owner of the Copyright, Articles which he knows to be infringing copies of the work.


A person who causes a literary or musical work to be performed in public, knowing that Copyright exists in the work and that the performance constitutes an infringement of the Copyright.

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