Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Vanuatu
Copyright rules: Vanuatu
|Standard||Life + 50 years|
|Anonymous||Create/publish + 50 years|
|Collective||Create/publish + 50 years|
|Applied art||Create + 25 years|
|ISO 3166-1 alpha-3||VUT|
|Berne convention||27 December 2012|
|WTO member||24 August 2012|
|URAA restoration date||24 August 2012|
This page provides an overview of copyright rules of Vanuatu relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Vanuatu must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Vanuatu 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 Vanuatu, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.
In the 1880s France and the United Kingdom claimed parts of the archipelago that is now Vanuatu. They agreed in 1906 to jointly manage the archipelago as the New Hebrides through an Anglo–French condominium. Vanuatu became independent on 30 July 1980.
Vanuatu has been a member of the Berne Convention since 27 December 2012 and the World Trade Organization since 24 August 2012, as well as a signatory to various other international treaties. As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the Copyright and Related Rights Act No. 42 of 2000 as the main IP law enacted by the legislature of Vanuatu. WIPO holds the text of this law, which came into force on 8 February 2011, in their WIPO Lex database.
Under the Copyright and Related Rights Act No. 42 of 2000,
- A work of joint authorship is protected during the life of the last surviving author and for 50 years after his or her death.[2000 Sec.19(1.1)]
- A collective work (other than an work of applied art) and an audiovisual work is protected for 50 years on and after the date on which the work: was made; or first made available to the public; first published; whichever date is the latest.[2000 Sec.19(1.2)]
- A work published anonymously or under a pseudonym is protected for 50 years on and after the date on which the work: (a) was made; or (b) first made available to the public; (c) first published; whichever date is the latest.[2000 Sec.19(1.3)]
- A work of applied art is protected for 25 years on and after the making of the work.[2000 Sec.19(1.4)]
- Any other work is protected during the lifetime of the author and for 50 years after his or her death.[2000 Sec.19(1.5)]
- Vanuatu Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
- Copyright and Related Rights Act No. 42 of 2000. Vanuatu (2011). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.