– Law No. 65-00 of August 21, 2000, on Copyright, in force since August 21, 2000.

Membership in International Conventions

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
– Universal Copyright Convention.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement.
– Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations.
– WIPO Copyright Treaty.
– WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.
– Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances.


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 benefits such as proof of ownership. 

Duration: during the lifetime of the author, plus 70 years after his death.


Authority name: Oficina Nacional de Derecho de Autor (ONDA), Ministry of Culture.  Internet address: www.onda.gob.do  

Collective Management Organization: SGACEDOM (https://sgacedom.org).