Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Liberia

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Copyright rules: Liberia
Shortcut: COM:LIBERIA
Flag of Liberia
Map of Liberia
Durations
Standard Life + 50 years
Photograph Create + 50 years
Anonymous Create/publish + 50 years
Audiovisual Create/publish + 50 years
Government Publish + 70 years
Applied art Create + 50 years
Other
Terms run to year end Yes
Common licence tags {{PD-Liberia}}
ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 LBR
Treaties
Berne convention 8 March 1989
WTO member 14 July 2016

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

Background

Liberia began as a settlement of the American Colonization Society (ACS) and declared its independence on 26 July 1847.

Liberia has been a member of the Berne Convention since 8 March 1989 and the World Trade Organization since 14 July 2016.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed An Act to Repeal an Act Adopting a New Copyright Law of the Republic of Liberia approved July 23, 1997; and the Industrial Property Act of Liberia approved March 20, 2003, constituting Title 24 of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised, and to enact in their stead a New Title 24 to be known as the "Liberia Intellectual Property Act, 2016" as the main IP law enacted by the legislature of Liberia.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2] The Act Adopting a New Copyright Law of the Republic of Liberia, July 23, 1997 is repealed in its entirety.[2016 §2.1]

General rules

Under the Liberia Intellectual Property Act, 2016,

  • A literary, musical and artistic work, other than photographic work, is protected during the life of the author and for 50 years after the end of the year in which the author dies.[2016 §9.20(a)]
  • A work of joint authorship is protected during the life of the last surviving author and for 50 years after the end of the year in which that author dies.[2016 §9.20(b)]
  • An audiovisual work or sound recording is protected for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made or first made available to the public by authorized publication or by any other means, whichever date is the latest.[2016 §9.20(c)]
  • A broadcast is protected for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the broadcast took place.[2016 §9.20(d)]
  • A work published anonymously or under a pseudonym is protected for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made or first made available to the public, by authorized publication, whichever date is the latest.[2016 §9.20(e)]
  • A work of applied art is protected for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made.[2016 §9.20(f)]
  • A photograph is protected for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made or first made available to the public by publication, whichever date is the latest.[2016 §9.20(g)]

These terms are similar to the terms under the repealed 1996 act.

Freedom of panorama

Shortcut
COM:FOP Liberia

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama Probably X mark.svg Not OK. Under the Liberia Intellectual Property Act, 2016,

  • The following acts shall be permitted ... for the purpose of reporting current events, the reproduction and the broadcasting or other communication to the public by means of photography, audiovisual, broadcasting or other communication of short excerpts of a work seen or heard in the course of such events, to the extent justified by the purpose.[2016 §9.14(c)]]
  • The fair use of a copyright work, including such use by reproduction in copies or sound recordings or by any other means, for purposes such as parody, satire, criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use, the factors to be considered shall include the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for educational purposes; the nature of the copyrighted work; the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the work.[2016 §9.8(a)]

Citations

  1. a b Liberia Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
  2. Liberia Intellectual Property Act, 2016. Liberia (2016). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
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