– Law Supporting the Rights of Authors, Composers, Artists and Researchers (Copyright Law) of 2008, in force since July 21, 2008.

Membership in International Conventions

– WTO's TRIPS Agreement, since July 29, 2016.
– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, since June 2, 2018.
– Marrakesh Treaty, since October 26, 2018.
– WIPO Copyright Treaty, since February 9, 2021.
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, since February 9, 2021.


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: Afghanistan Central Business Registry & Intellectual Property (ACBRIP), Ministry of Industry and Commerce. 

Internet address: www.acbrip.gov.af / https://moci.gov.af