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Literary, Musical or Artistic Works


Copyright in any literary, musical or artistic work shall subsist during the life of the author and shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years after his death.

Where a literary, musical or artistic work had not been published before the death of the author, copyright shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the work was first published.

Where a literary, musical or artistic work is published anonymously or under a pseudonym, copyright shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the work was first published or first made available to the public or made, whichever is the latest.

In the case of a work with joint authorship, the life of the author who dies last is used for the purpose of calculating the copyright duration of the work.

Published Editions


Copyright in a published edition shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the edition was first published.

Sound Recordings


Copyright in a sound recording shall continue to subsist until the expiry of period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the recording was first published or, if the sound recording has not been published, from the beginning of the calendar year following the year of fixation.

Broadcasts


Copyright in a broadcast shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the broadcast was first made.

Films


Copyright in a film shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the film was first published.

Government, Government Organizations and International Bodies


Copyright in works of the Government, Government organizations and international bodies shall continue to subsist until the expiry of a period of fifty (50) years computed from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the work was first published.

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