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


What is now Chile was colonized by Spain in the mid-16th century. Chile declared its independence from Spain in 1818.

Chile has been a member of the Universal Copyright Convention since 16 September 1955, the Berne Convention since 5 June 1970, the World Trade Organization since 1 January 1995 and the WIPO Copyright Treaty since 6 March 2002.[1]

As of 2018 the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, listed the 29 May 2014 version of Law No. 17.336 on Intellectual Property (as amended up to Law No. 20.750 on the Introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television) as the main IP law enacted by the legislature of Chile.[1] WIPO holds the text of this law in their WIPO Lex database.[2]

General rules

As of the 2014 revision:

  • Protection lasts for the author's life, then for 70 years after the date of death.[17.336/2014 Art.10]
  • Works made for hire are protected for 70 years from first publication.[17.336/2014 Art.10]
  • For collaborative works, the term of 70 years runs from the death of the last surviving co-author.[17.336/2014 Art.12]
  • Anonymous or pseudonymous works are protected for 70 years from first publication, or if not published within 50 years of creation the protection will be for 70 years from the end of the calendar year of creation.[17.336/2014 Art.13]

Common cultural heritage

The common cultural heritage includes.[17.336/2014 Art.11]:

a) Works whose term of protection has been extinguished;
b) Work of an unknown author, including the songs, legends, dances and expressions of the folkloric heritage;
c) Works whose owners waived the protection granted by this law;
d) Works of foreign authors, domiciled abroad that are not protected by international conventions that Chile subscribes to and ratifies;
e) Works that were expropriated by the State, unless the law specifies a beneficiary.

Works of common cultural heritage may be used by anyone, provided that paternity and the integrity of the work is respected.

Copyright tags

See also: Commons:Copyright tags


See also: Commons:Currency

  Not OK The Central Bank of Chile holds the intellectual property for the designs of banknotes and coins in circulation, and those designs are registered with the Department of Intellectual Property (N° 115.594). This is expressed in Sections 28 of the Constitutional Organic Act. Publication or reproduction of such designs without the consent of the Bank is prohibited, and subject to criminal and civil sanctions.[17.336/2014 Art.78][3]

Freedom of panorama

See also: Commons:Freedom of panorama

 OK {{FoP-Chile}} The Chilean copyright law 17336 provides freedom of panorama:

  • The reproduction of architectural works through photography, cinema, television or any other similar process, as well as the publication of the corresponding photographs in newspapers, reviews, books and texts intended for educational purposes, shall be free and not subject to payment, provided that this is not in a complete or partial separate collection, without the author's consent.[17.336/2014 Art.71F]
  • Similarly, the reproduction through photography, drawing or any other process, of monuments, statues and, in general, those artistic works that adorn squares, avenues and public places on a permanent basis, shall be free and not subject to payment, provided that the publication and sale of the reproductions is lawful.[17.336/2014 Art.71F]

Threshold of originality

See also: Commons:Threshold of originality

The phrase "Estamos bien en el refugio los 33", a message from the Copiapó miners (penned by Jose Ojeda), was copyrighted.[4]

See also


  1. a b Chile Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights). WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organization (2018). Retrieved on 2018-11-08.
  2. Law No. 17.336 on Intellectual Property (as amended up to Law No. 20.750 on the Introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television). Chile (2014). Retrieved on 2018-11-08.
  3. $CLP Chilean peso. Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group. Retrieved on 2019-01-21.
  4. Message which brought hope now copyright of Chile miner. BBC (22 October 2010). Retrieved on 2019-01-21.
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