Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Djibouti

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This page provides an overview of copyright rules of Djibouti relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Djibouti must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Djibouti and the United States before it can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. If there is any doubt about the copyright status of a work from Djibouti, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.


The colony of French Somaliland was established in the late 19th century. It was renamed to the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas in 1967. In 1977 the country became independent as the Republic of Djibouti, named after its capital city.

Djibouti has been a member of the Berne Convention since 13 May 2002 and the World Trade Organization since 31 May 1995.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed Law No. 154/AN/06 of July 23, 2006, on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights as the main copyright law enacted by the legislature of Djibouti.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2]

General rules

In chapter 5 of the 1996 law copyright law n°114/AN/96/3e L[3],

  • Copyright expired 25 years after author's death.[114/AN/1996 Art. 59]
  • For photographs and applied art works, copyright expired 25 years after the work is created.[114/AN/1996 Art. 63]
  • For cinematographic works, copyright expired 25 years after the work is created or released.[114/AN/1996 Art. 62]

In 2006 a new law was passed (154/AN/2006) under which non-retroactively,

  • The standard term is life + 50 years after the author's death.[154/AN/2006 Art. 12]
  • For a work of joint authorship, the rights shall be protected for the lifetime of the last surviving co­author and for 50 years after his death.[154/AN/2006 Art. 13]
  • The term for cinematographic works is 50 years from creation or publication.[154/AN/2006 Art. 15]
  • The term for photographs and applied art remains at 25 years from creation.[154/AN/2006 Art. 16]

Copyright tags


See also: Commons:Copyright tags

  • {{PD-Djibouti}} – for works made in Djibouti whose copyright has expired (50 years after author's death, or 25 years after creation for photographic works, see details in the template). The Republic of Djibouti being the successor state of French Somaliland (Côte française des Somalis) and the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas, this applies to works published in those territories as well.

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

 Not OK: Photography, drawing, painting etc. apart from justified inclusion in reports of current events.
OK: Film or television of works of art or architecture located permanently in a public place, or incidental use of works in film or television. Note that the film or television show must be freely licensed.

The following uses of a protected work shall be permissible without the author’s consent ...

  • For the purpose of reporting on current events by means of photography, cinematography, broadcast or communication by wire to the public, the reproduction or making available to the public, to the extent justified by the informative purpose, of any work that can be seen or heard in the course of the said current event.[154/AN/2006 Art. 54(g)]
  • The reproduction of works of art or of architecture through cinematography or television and the communication of such works to the public if such works are permanently located in a place where they can be viewed by the public or are included in the film or program by way of background or as incidental to the essential matters represented".[154/AN/2006 Art. 54(h)]


  1. a b Djibouti Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  2. Law No. 154/AN/06 of July 23, 2006, on the Protection of Copyright and Neighboring Rights. Djibouti (2006). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  3. Loi n°114/AN/96/3e L relatif à la protection du droit d'auteur (in French) (1996). Retrieved on 2019-01-17.
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