Copyright is the statutory right to stop others copying or exploiting in any other way original work, i.e. artistic work, literary work, music recordings, broadcasts, computer software etc, without permission from the owner of such rights.


A “copy” is defined by the Cyprus Intellectual Property Law as follows: “Whatever is reproduced directly or indirectly with the form of a document, sound recording, registration with electronic or other means or with any other tangible form, but in such a way so that an object is not considered as copy of an architectural plan unless that object is a building or a model”.


Copyrights in Cyprus are regulated by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law of 1976 to 2006 (Law No. 59/1976, as amended by Laws 63/77, 18/93, 54(I)/99, 12(I)/2001, 128(I)/2002 and 128(I)/2004 and 123(I)/2006.


The Cyprus Intellectual Property protects Cypriot nationals for their work notwithstanding the place of publication.


Rights are recognized under the Law for every protected object whose beneficiary is at the time of the creation of the right, or if it is a broadcast, the time of the transmission of the broadcast, a qualifying person, namely:

• A person who is a citizen of the Republic of Cyprus or who habitually resides in the Republic;

• A legal person, established in accordance with the laws of the Republic; or

• A citizen of another member state of the European Union.