Copyright law of Nepal

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    The Copyright Act, 2002
    प्रतिलिपि अधिकार ऐन, २०५९
    Parliament of Nepal
    • An act made to provide for copyright.
    CitationAct No. 8 of 2059 (2002)
    Enacted byParliament of Nepal
    Enacted15 August 2002
    Royal assent15 August 2002
    Commenced15 August 2002
    Amended by
    Some Nepal Acts relating to Export and Import and Intellectual Property Act, 2063 (2006)
    Status: Current legislation

    The Copyright law of Nepal governs copyright, the right to control the use and distribution of artistic and creative works in Nepal and also encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding authors and artists with a set of exclusive rights.[1] It is embodied in the Copyright Act, 2059 (2002), the Copyright Rule, 2061 (2004) and their amendments. Nepal Copyright Registrar's Office handles copyright registration, recording of copyright transfers and other administrative aspects of copyright law.

    The Copyright Act, 2002 (Nepali: प्रतिलिपि अधिकार ऐन, २०५९) was enacted by Parliament of Nepal and came into force on 15 August 2002. It repealed the previous Copyright Act, 2022 (1965).[2]

    Economic rights

    According to the law, the owner of copyright shall have the exclusive right to reproduce, translate, revise or amend, sell, distribute or rent, broadcast or communicate the work to the general public. These rights are given for one time, it cannot be reissued once the duration is over.

    Moral rights

    The author is entitled for his lifetime, irrespective of the validity of the copyright, to get his/her name mentioned in copies of the work or in his/her work where it is used publicly and to make necessary amendment or revision in the work.[citation needed]

    Duration of copyright

    • Sound recording, broadcasting and performance - 50 years
    • Art and photographs- 25 years
    • Books - 50 years


    • Reproduction is allowed freely for educational purposes with citation to the source.


    1. ^ "Copyright Protection in Nepal". Solar Law Associates. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
    2. ^ "Nepal moves towards new copyright legislation". AccessMyLibrary via BBC Monitoring. February 12, 2003. Archived from the original on September 19, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013.

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