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COPYRIGHTS IN SEYCHELLES

In Seychelles, Copyright matters are handled by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, specifically by the Cultural Property and Copyrights Section (CPC), in the Department of Culture. Its Registration Office is based within the National Cultural Centre, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria.

 

The Copyright Act, Laws of Seychelles 1984 was repealed and replaced by Copyright Act 2014, which came into force on 1st August, 2014.

The said Act offers protection for all forms of Literary and Artistic works.

It also covers protection of Performers, Producers or Phonograms and Broadcasting Organization.

The Act is supplemented by a set of Regulations, namely the Voluntary Registration of Copyrights Regulations, even though copyright is automatic. Hence,

  • The owner of the copyright in a work may apply to the Registrar for registration of the copyright in such manner and with such fee and other documentation or information as may be prescribed by regulation.
  • If the Registrar is satisfied that the applicant is the owner of the copyright in the work, he shall register him or her in the Copyright Register as the registered owner of that registered copyright.
  • Provision is also being made to register any agreement, contract, assignment, license or document relating to or dealing with the registered copyright.

The Registration procedures is as follows:

  • Fill an application form,
  • pay a levy of SR100.00 per work
  • bring a copy of work(s) to be copyrighted.
  • application is processed
  • a Certificate of Registration is issued to the Owner/Author, upon satisfactory search result

Duration of Copyright:

The new Act offers protection of the economic and moral rights during the life of Author and for fifty (50) years after his or her death, compared to the former Act 1984 which offered protection for a life time and twenty five (25) years after death of owner/author.

 

Like elsewhere, the piracy problem also exists in Seychelles.

Under the Copyright Act 2014, a person who willfully and on a commercial scale infringes any reproduction rights protected under this Act, commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years OR with a fine not exceeding SCR 50,000 OR with both such imprisonment and fine.

 

Where a person is convicted a second time within the five years of a previous conviction, the term of imprisonment and/or the fine is doubled.

 

It is to be noted that Patents and Trademarks are handled by the Registrar General’s Office, Independence House, Victoria.

 

There are new provisions being made to offer protection for Industrial Design and Creative Industry in Seychelles, hence, Creators will soon be able to protect their creations.

The Registrar of Copyrights is Mr. Marcel Rosalie.

For further information regarding copyright matters, do not hesitate to contact:

The Cultural Property and Copyrights Office,

National Cultural Centre,

Francis Rachel Street,

P O Box 1383, Victoria,

Mahe, Seychelles.

Phone: +248 432 13 33

Email: copyrightseychelles@gov.sc

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