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Copyright rules: Antigua and Barbuda
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda
Map of Antigua and Barbuda
Standard Life + 50 years
Anonymous Create/Publish + 50 years
Audiovisual Create/Publish + 50 years
Terms run to year end Yes
Common licence tags {{PD-Antigua and Barbuda}}
ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 ATG
Berne convention 17 March 2000
WTO member 1 January 1995
URAA restoration date 1 January 1996

This page provides an overview of copyright rules of Antigua and Barbuda relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in Antigua and Barbuda must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Antigua and Barbuda 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 Antigua and Barbuda, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.



Antigua was colonized by Britain in 1632, and Barbuda island was first colonized in 1678. Antigua and Barbuda joined the West Indies Federation in 1958, then became one of the West Indies Associated States in 1967. Antigua and Barbuda became independent of the United Kingdom on 1 November 1981.

Antigua and Barbuda has been a member of the Berne Convention since 17 March 2000 and the World Trade Organization since 1 January 1995.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the No. 22 of 2003 Copyright Act 2003 as the main copyright law enacted by the legislature of Antigua and Barbuda.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2]


Under the Copyright Act 2003,

  • Subject to this section, copyright in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work expires at the end of the period of fifty years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies.[22/2003 Section 10(1)]
  • Where the authorship of a work referred to in subsection (1) is unknown, copyright in that work expires at the end of the period of fifty years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was either made, was first made available to the public or first published whatever date is the latest.[22/2003 Section 10(2)]
  • With a work of joint authorship the reference in subsection (1) to the death of the author shall be construed as a reference to the death of the last of the known authors to die.[22/2003 Section 10(5)]
  • Copyright in a sound recording or film expires at the end of the period of fifty years from the end of the calendar year in which it was made or, where it is made available to the public or published before the end of the years from the end of the calendar year in which it is so made available or published whichever date is the latest.[22/2003 Section 11(1)]
  • Copyright in a broadcast or cable programme expires at the end of the period of fifty years from the end of the calendar year in which the broadcast was made or the programme cable included in a cable programme service.[22/2003 Section 12(1)]

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

 OK - for buildings, sculptures and works of artistic craftsmanship.

Copyright in a work is not infringed by its incidental inclusion in an artistic work, sound recording, film, broadcast or cable programme.[22/2003 Section 55(a)] With buildings; sculptures, models of buildings and works of artistic craftsmanship, if permanently situated in a public place or in premises open to the public, the copyright in such work is not infringed by making graphic work representing it; making a photograph or film of it; or broadcasting or including in a cable programme service a visual image of it.[22/2003 Section 74(2)] The copyright of such a work is not infringed by the issue to the public of copies, or the broadcasting or inclusion in a cable programme service, of anything whose making was, by virtue of this section, not an infringement of copyright.[22/2003 Section 74(3)]


See also: Commons:Stamps/Public domain

  Public domain for the stamps published before 1 January 1969 (older than 50 years) if the work is anonymous. See {{PD-Antigua and Barbuda}}.

See also


  1. a b Antigua and Barbuda Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  2. Copyright Act 2003. Antigua and Barbuda (2003). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
Caution: The above description may be inaccurate, incomplete and/or out of date, so must be treated with caution. Before you upload a file to Wikimedia Commons you should ensure it may be used freely. See also: Commons:General disclaimer