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

Background

Mauritius was a French colony from 1715 to 1810, then a British colonial possession until 1968. Mauritius proclaimed independence on 12 March 1968.

Mauritius has been a member of the Berne Convention since 10 May 1989 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 Copyright Act 2014 as the main copyright law enacted by the legislature of Mauritius.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2]

Durations

According to the 2014 copyright act (File:Mauritius Copyright act from 2014.pdf), Part III - Features of Economic Rights, Section 15. Duration of copyright

  • The economic and moral rights shall be protected during the lifetime of the author and for 50 years after his death.[2014 Sec.15(1)]
  • For a work of joint authorship, the economic and moral rights shall be protected during the life of the last surviving author and for 50 years after his death.[2014 Sec.15(2)]
  • For an audiovisual work, the economic and moral rights shall be protected for 50 years from the date on which the work was made or first made available to the public by publication, or by any other means, whichever date is the latest.[2014 Sec.15(3)]
  • For a work published anonymously or under a pseudonym, the economic and moral rights shall be protected for 50 years from the date on which the work was made or first made available to the public, by publication or by any other means, whichever date is the latest, where the author’s identity is revealed or is no longer in doubt before the expiration of the said period, the provisions of subsection (1) or (2) shall apply, as the case may be.[2014 Sec.15(4)]
  • For a work of applied art, the economic and moral rights shall be protected for 25 years from the making of the work.[2014 Sec.15(5)]
  • Every period provided for under the preceding subsections shall run to the end of the calendar year in which it would otherwise expire.[2014 Sec.15(6)]

Copyright tags

See also: Commons:Copyright tags

  • {{PD-Mauritius}} – photographs 25 years after creation, audio-visual works 50 years after publication, other works 50 years after the author's death.

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

  Not OK. There is no exception for freedom of panorama for commercial purposes.

Citations

  1. a b Mauritius Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-04.
  2. Copyright Act 2014. Mauritius (2014). 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