– The Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 2006, in force since August 4, 2006.
– The Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Regulations, 2010, in force since January 15, 2010.

Membership in International Conventions

– Universal Copyright Convention, since January 1, 1995.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement, since January 1, 1995.
– Marrakesh Treaty, since July 23, 2018.
– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, since April 28, 2022.
– WIPO Copyright Treaty, since April 28, 2022.
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, since April 28, 2022.
– Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, since April 28, 2022.


Registration is not required for owners of an original work. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created. However, registration is possible and provides important benefits such as proof of ownership. 

Duration: during the lifetime of the author, plus 50 years after his death.


Authority name: Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB).  Internet address: https://ursb.go.ug

Collective Management Organization: UPRS (https://uprs.go.ug).