Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Equatorial Guinea

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


The Spanish colonies of Bioko and Rio Muni were united in 1926 to form the colony of Spanish Guinea. In 1959 its status was raised from "colonial" to "provincial". In 1968 Equatorial Guinea became an independent republic.

Equatorial Guinea has been a member of the Berne Convention since 26 June 1997.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the Spanish Law of January 10, 1879, on Intellectual Property as the main IP law.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2]

General rules

Under the 1879 Spanish law,

  • Intellectual property belongs to the author during their lifetime and is transmittable to their heirs for a term of 80 years.[1879 Article 6]
  • Posthumous works are treated in the same way.[1879 Article 27]
  • The editor of an anonymous or pseudonymous work has the same rights as the author as long as the author is not disclosed.[1879 Article 26]



See also: Commons:Currency

OK. Bank of Central African States, which issues Central African CFA franc used in Equatorial Guinea, is based in Cameroon. Article 3c of the main IP law of Cameroon, the 2000 Copyright law, explicitly excludes banknotes and coins from copyright protection.

Please use {{PD-CA-CFA-franc}} for Central African CFA franc images.

See also: COM:CUR Cameroon

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

Assume  Not OK. The 1879 Spanish law doesn't mention anything about the possibility of free reproduction of architecture works, and due to its articles 7 and 10, we assume that no reproduction of artistic works are OK without the permission of their owner.


  1. a b Equatorial Guinea Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
  2. Law of January 10, 1879, on Intellectual Property. Equatorial Guinea (1879). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
Caution: The above description may be inaccurate, incomplete and/or out of date, so must be treated with caution. Before you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons you should ensure it may be used freely. See also: Commons:General disclaimer