Copyright law of Nepal
|The Copyright Act, 2002|
प्रतिलिपि अधिकार ऐन, २०५९
|Parliament of Nepal|
|Citation||Act No. 8 of 2059 (2002)|
|Enacted by||Parliament of Nepal|
|Enacted||15 August 2002|
|Royal assent||15 August 2002|
|Commenced||15 August 2002|
|Some Nepal Acts relating to Export and Import and Intellectual Property Act, 2063 (2006)|
|Status: Current legislation|
The Copyright law of Nepal governs copyright, the right to control the use and distribution of artistic and creative works in Nepal and also encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding authors and artists with a set of exclusive rights. It is embodied in the Copyright Act, 2059 (2002), the Copyright Rule, 2061 (2004) and their amendments. Nepal Copyright Registrar's Office handles copyright registration, recording of copyright transfers and other administrative aspects of copyright law.
According to the law, the owner of copyright shall have the exclusive right to reproduce, translate, revise or amend, sell, distribute or rent, broadcast or communicate the work to the general public. These rights are given for one time, it cannot be reissued once the duration is over.
The author is entitled for his lifetime, irrespective of the validity of the copyright, to get his/her name mentioned in copies of the work or in his/her work where it is used publicly and to make necessary amendment or revision in the work.
Duration of copyright
- Sound recording, broadcasting and performance - 50 years
- Art and photographs- 25 years
- Books - 50 years
- Reproduction is allowed freely for educational purposes with citation to the source.