– Law 59/1976, as last amended by the 2017 (Amendment) Act (Law 66(I)2017).

Membership in International Conventions

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
– Universal Copyright Convention, since December 19, 1990.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement, since July 30, 1995.
– WIPO Copyright Treaty, since November 4, 2003.
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, since December 2, 2005.
– Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations, since June 17, 2009.

Protection

Registration is not required for owners of an original work. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created. 

Duration: (a) for scientific works, literary works, music works, artistic works, motion pictures and photographs rights expire 70 years after the creator's death; (b) for sound recordings rights expire 50 years after the date of the recording, unless, before that date a legal publication or legal presentation of the recording is made to the public, then the rights expire within 50 years of this first publication or presentation to the public, depending on which was made first; (c) for broadcastings rights expire 50 years after the date of broadcasting. For previously unpublished works, the protection is 25 years from the date the work is first legally published or legally presented to the public; (d) for performances rights expire 50 years after the date of the performance, unless before that date a legal publication or legal presentation of the performance is made to the public, then the rights expire within 50 years of this first publication or presentation to the public, depending on which was made first; (e) in the case of anonymous or pseudonymous scientific, literary, musical or artistic works, the protection expires 70 years from the date when the work became accessible to the public.

Registry

Authority name: Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property.  Internet address: www.intellectualproperty.gov.cy

Collective Management Organizations: Grammo (https://grammo.com.cy/en/), PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com/our-global-network/prs-managed-territories/cyprus).