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This page provides an overview of the copyright rules of Curaçao relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Curaçao must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Curaçao and the United States before it can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. If there is any doubt about the copyright status of a work from Curaçao, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.



In 1845 all the Dutch Caribbean islands became part of a colony called Curaçao and Dependencies. In 1954 they became the Netherlands Antilles, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986 to become a separate constituent country. In 2010 the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved. Curaçao and Sint Maarten became autonomous constituent countries within the Kingdom, and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba became special municipalities of the Netherlands.

According to the Bureau for Intellectual Property Curaçao as of 2019 The act regulating copyright in Curaçao is the Auteursverordening 1913, P.B. 1913, no. 3. That is, the 1913 National Ordinance on Copyright, National Gazette 1913, No. 3.[1]


  • The 1913 act grants the author copyright with duration of up to 50 years after the author’s death.

See alsoEdit


  1. Copyright: Exclusive author rights. Bureau for Intellectual Property Curaçao. Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
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