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Federal Law on Copyright (as amended up to July 23, 2003)

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Date of entry into force of original text:March 24, 1997
Date of Text (Enacted):December 5, 1996
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body, Traditional Cultural Expressions
Notes:
The Law was published in the Official Journal of the Federation on December 24, 1996. It was last amended and published in DOF on July 23, 2003.

The Law aims to safeguard and promote the cultural heritage of the nation; the protection of the rights of authors, performers, publishers, producers and broadcasters, relating to their literary or artistic creations in all its manifestations, performances, publications, phonograms or video recordings, broadcasts, as well as other intellectual property rights.

Articles 154, 157 to 161 guarantee the protection of the traditional cultural expressions, even if it is not possible to determine their individual authorship or the term of protection granted has expired.
Available Texts: 
French

Loi fédérale sur le droit d'auteur (modifiée le 23 juillet 2003) Loi fédérale sur le droit d'auteur (modifiée le 23 juillet 2003), Complete document (pdf) [546 KB]

Spanish

Ley Federal del Derecho de Autor (modificada el 23 de julio de 2003) Ley Federal del Derecho de Autor (modificada el 23 de julio de 2003), Complete document (pdf) [191 KB] Ley Federal del Derecho de Autor (modificada el 23 de julio de 2003), Complete document (htm) [379 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:MX031

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