Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Sierra Leone
Copyright rules: Sierra Leone|
|Standard||Life + 50 years|
|Photograph||Create + 50 years|
|Anonymous||Create/publish + 50 years|
|Audiovisual||Create/publish + 50 years|
|Collective||Create/publish + 50 years|
|Applied art||Create + 25 years|
|ISO 3166-1 alpha-3||SLE|
|WTO member||23 July 1995|
This page provides an overview of copyright rules of Sierra Leone relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Sierra Leone must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.
The British Crown founded a settlement in Sierra Leone in 1787 as a home for African-Americans they had freed during the American Revolutionary War. Sierra Leone became independent from the United Kingdom on 27 April 1961.
As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the Copyright Act, 2011 (Act No. 8 of 2011) as the main copyright law enacted by the legislature of Sierra Leone. WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.
- The economic and moral right of an author is protected during their life and for 50 years after their death. The moral right exists in perpetuity .[Section 21(1/2)]
- The economic and moral right in a work of joint authorship is protected during the life of the last surviving author and for 50 years after their death.[Section 21(3a)]
- A collective work other than a work of applied art or an audiovisual work is protected for 50 years from when it was made, first made available to the public or first published, whichever is last.[Section 21(3b)]
- An anonymous work or pseudonymous work is protected for 50 years from when it was made, first made available to the public or first published, whichever is last, as long as the author does not become known.[Section 21(3c)]
- A work of applied art is protected for 25 years from when it was made.[Section 21(3d)]
All the above periods of protection run to the end of the calendar year in which it would otherwise expire.[Section 21(4)]
- When copyright in a work is owned by a public corporation or other body corporate, protection last for 50 years from the date the work was made public.[Section 22]
- A photograph is protected until 50 years after the date the work was made.[Section 25]
An expression of folklore is protected by copyright against reproduction, communication to the public and adaptation when the expression is made for commercial purposes or outside a traditional or customary context. The right to authorize such an act vests in the Minister responsible for trade.[ Section 9]
Public domain: not free
Works in the public domain include works with expired terms of protection, works by authors who have renounced their rights and foreign works that do not enjoy protection in Sierra Leone. Subject to payment of a fee to be prescribed by the Registrar a work that has fallen into the public domain may be used without any restriction. These fees will be used to promote institutions that operate for the advancement of authors, performers, producers of sound recording, translators and the arts in general.[8/2011 Section 48]
See also: Commons:Currency
Not OK: Government works are copyrighted.[8/2011 Section 8]
- Sierra Leone Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.
- Copyright Act, 2011 (Act No. 8 of 2011). Sierra Leone (2011). Retrieved on 2018-11-05.