Monday, December 11 2023   \  Published by Managing IP.

Myanmar begins enforcement of new Copyright Law and implementing rules

Myanmar begins enforcement of new Copyright Law and implementing rules

Khin Myo Myo Aye, Khin Yadanar Htay, and Yuwadee Thean-ngarm of Tilleke & Gibbins provide a guide to Myanmar’s new copyright regulations and are encouraged by the ‘remarkable’ recent developments

Myanmar enacted its new Copyright Law on May 24 2019, to replace the old Copyright Act of 1914. To implement the Copyright Law, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued the Copyright Rules under Notification No. 70/2023 dated October 23 2023, establishing procedures for the registration of copyright and related rights.

The new Copyright Law and the Copyright Rules finally came into force on October 31 2023, in accordance with State Administration Council Notification No. 218/2023. Subsequently, the MOC issued Notification No. 73/2023 on November 20 2023, specifying the official forms for copyright and related rights matters to be filed with Myanmar’s Intellectual Property Department (IPD).

An announcement specifying the government fees under the Copyright Law is still awaited. Once these fees are announced and the IPD opens voluntary registration, the new regime for copyright and related rights in Myanmar is finally expected to be fully functional. Read more

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