Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Guinea-Bissau

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


The present Guinea-Bissau was colonized as Portuguese Guinea in the 19th century. It declared independence in 1973, and this was fully recognized in 1974. The name of the capital, Bissau, is added to the name to avoid confusion with Guinea (formerly French Guinea).

Guinea-Bissau has been a member of the Berne Convention since 22 July 1991, the World Trade Organization since 31 May 1995 and the Bangui Agreement since 8 July 1998.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the Portuguese Copyright Code (approved by Decree-Law No. 46.980 of March 28, 1972) as the main copyright law enacted by the legislature of Guinea-Bissau.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2] The decree-law of 1972 approved and reproduced Law No. 46980 of April 27, 1966, issued by the colonial government of Portuguese Guinea.[2]

As of 2013 there were still no signs of any replacement of the colonial copyright Law No. 46,980 of April 27, 1966.[3]

General rules

Under the 1972 version of the Copyright Code,

  • The duration of protection shall cover the life of the author and 50 years following his death.[46.980/1972 Article 25]
  • Copyright in a work of joint authorship shall last for the lifetime of its authors and shall continue for 50 years after the death of the last surviving co­author.[46.980/1972 Article 30]
  • Copyright for a collective work, as a whole, shall be 50 years following the first publication or disclosure of the work, or of each volume, issue or installment of the work if these different parts are published separately at different times.[46.980/1972 Article 31, 36]
  • If, however, the collective work belongs to an individual operator, copyright shall last for the lifetime of the author and for another 50 years following his death.[46.980/1972 Article 31]
  • The duration of copyright of the individual contribution of each co­author in works of joint authorship or collective works is the life of the author and 50 years following his death.[46.980/1972 Article 32]
  • The duration of protection of posthumous works shall cease 50 years after the death of the author.[46.980/1972 Article 33]
  • The duration of protection of anonymous, cryptic or pseudonymous works shall be 50 years following disclosure or publication.[46.980/1972 Article 34]

The periods of protection shall only commence on 1 January of the year following that in which the death or other events referred to in these Articles occurred.[46.980/1972 Article 35]



See also: Commons:Currency

Purple question mark.svg Unsure West African CFA franc used in Guinea-Bissau has close ties to France. French Cour de Cassation ruled in 2002 that franc is not covered by Copyright Law[4], but it is not known if it also applies to West African CFA franc.

See also: COM:CUR France

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

OOjs UI icon check-constructive.svg OK: For 3D objects. The applicable law still is the colonial copyright law, which says "The reproduction and publication by the press, cinema, television or any other mean, of the image of works of architecture or any other kind of plastic arts already divulged by the author is free".[46.980/1972 Article 152]


  1. a b Guinea-Bissau Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  2. a b Copyright Code (approved by Decree-Law No. 46.980 of March 28, 1972). Guinea-Bissau (1972). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  3. Akester, Patrícia (2013) Direito de Autor em Portugal, nos PALOP, na União Europeia e nos Tratados Internacionais, p. 234
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