Legal Information and Disclaimers

What Copyright Watch Is and What It's Not

Copyright Watch is our best effort to put together a comprehensive and up-to-date set of national copyright laws. However, it's not perfect, and it is still a work in progress. A few words on this follow:

Copyright Watch compiles resources from various sources. For its initial phase, we have concentrated on locating or linking to texts of the most recent copyright legislation we've been provided with or have been able to locate online, whether in English or another major language. However, we are not able to guarantee that we have located or linked to the latest version of a country's law, or all relevant amendments. Information available on Copyright Watch should not be construed as legal advice.

We also cannot guarantee that we've found or linked to all relevant sources of law governing a particular issue of information policy in a country. In addition to national copyright laws, there may be other statutes or areas of law that are relevant to understanding the legal situation in a particular country — for instance, competition law, or other pending international instruments or agreements that have an important bearing on information regulation in the country, such as a free trade agreement with the U.S., and Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Community. Sanctions for copyright infringement may be found in other sources of law (e.g. criminal statutes). Copyright Watch also does not include regulations or recent judge-made law/ judicial decisions where key concepts may have been interpreted. And in some cases, we have only located or been provided with partial copies of laws.

Finally, we can't vouch for the accuracy of the translations that appear on Copyright Watch. We have provided translation as a a courtesy for those who do not speak the relevant language, but you should consult with a legal practitioner that has relevant expertise and is qualified in your particular country to obtain advice about your particular situation.

Privacy Policy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is committed to protecting the privacy of visitors to this website.

This website is operated under EFF's general website privacy policy with some exceptions, as follows: Copyright Watch places a persistent cookie on the computer of visitors to this website. The on-site activity of users who log in to the site with an authorized user-id, including copyright monitors, will be recorded for security purposes. The activity of visitors to this website who do not log-in will not be recorded.

For national copyright monitors listed on this website, we display names and, optionally, emails and telephone numbers of individuals or organizations. EFF may also keep a name, email address and telephone number for each person or organization, which will be visible to trusted partner organizations listed below.

For all listed copyright monitors, we have endeavored to contact a person we have a good faith belief can represent the listed group, and obtained permission from that person to include and display the group's contact details. If you wish to amend or delete your group's contact details, please contact us via our contact form.

Redistribution Information

Any and all original material contributed by participants on the Copyright Watch website may be freely distributed at will under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (full details of which are listed here), unless otherwise noted. All material that is not original to the contributors to this website may require permission from the copyright holder to redistribute.

You do NOT have to ask permission to post original material from this website on a mailing list or newsgroup or to use the Copyright Watch logo as a pointer to us on your web site. Permission to do such things is explicitly granted. Please do not write to us asking for permission, as this wastes our time and yours.

If you redistribute original content from this website, it would be appreciated if you make it known where the file originated, so people can get more info, or contribute to the discussion.