Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Guam

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Location of Guam

Guam is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Guam is governed by a popularly elected governor and a unicameral 15-member legislature, whose members are known as senators.

Of the organized territories, the United States Copyright Office says that: "U.S. federal copyright law applies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands but not in American Samoa."[1] This is because US federal copyright law applies to "the organized territories under the jurisdiction of the United States Government," (17 U.S.C. 101) and the Virgin Islands became an organized territory with 48 U.S.C. 1421. Furthermore, "the copyright laws were expressly extended to Guam by section 24 of the 1956 Guam Omnibus Act."[2]

The Guam Omnibus Act of 1956 (codified as 48 U.S.C. § 1421n) states:[3]

§ 1421n. Applicability of Federal copyright laws

The laws of the United States relating to copyrights, and to the enforcement of rights arising thereunder, shall have the same force and effect in Guam as in the continental United States.

Copyright tags[edit]

Further information: Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#US Territories


Further information: Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#CUR

Freedom of panorama[edit]

Further information: Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#FOP


Further information: Commons:Copyright rules by territory/United States#Stamps

See also[edit]


  1. Circular 38a: International Copyright Relations of the United States 14. U.S. Copyright Office. Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
  2. The application of Federal laws in ... American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2, p. 467−469
  3. 70 Stat. 911
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