Commons:Copyright rules by territory/East Timor

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This page provides an overview of copyright rules of East Timor (Timor-Leste) relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in East Timor must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both East Timor 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 East Timor, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.


East Timor, the eastern part of the island of Timor, was a Portuguese colony until November 1975, when it declared independence. Indonesia invaded East Timor a few days later, and in 1976 it was declared a province of Indonesia. After a prolonged struggle for independence Indonesia relinquished control in 1999 and East Timor (Timor Leste) became a sovereign state on 20 May 2002.[1]

Governing laws

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, did not list any laws enacted by the legislature of East Timor that directly defined IP rules.[2] The rules applicable to Portuguese colonies or to Indonesia should be considered for works created prior to 1999. For later works, only works with a free licence such Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License should be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

See also


  1. East Timor profile - Timeline. BBC. Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
  2. Timor-Leste Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights)[1], WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization, 2018
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