February 22, 2024
Myanmar Accepts Voluntary Registration of Copyrights and Related Rights

Myanmar’s Intellectual Property Department (IPD) has released its announcement dated February 9, 2024, stating that it is now accepting applications for registration of copyrights and related rights under the Copyright Law of 2019.

The Copyright Law of 2019 entered into force on October 31, 2023, replacing the old Copyright Act of 1914. The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued the Copyright Rules in Notification No. 70/2023 on October 23, 2023, setting the required procedures for copyright-related matters in Myanmar. Forms required for registration and related actions regarding copyrights and related rights were issued by the MOC under Notification No. 73/2023 on November 20, 2023. Regarding the official fees, the IP Agency issued Notification No. 1/2024 on February 13, 2024.

While copyright protection arises automatically without the need for registration, rights holders can voluntarily apply for registration of their works under the new framework of the Copyright Law of 2019 if they wish to secure stronger evidence of ownership for their works in Myanmar. Applications can be filed by the applicant electronically, in person or through a local representative, or by post. Applicants incorporated or residing outside Myanmar must appoint a local representative to file the application with the IPD.

For more information on the voluntary registration of copyrights and related rights in Myanmar, or for assistance in applying to register copyrights, please contact Tilleke & Gibbins at [email protected].

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