Mauritius: Copyright Act 2014

July 31, 2014

Mauritius: The Copyright Act 2014 was adopted by the National Assembly on April 2, 2014, and came into force on July 31, 2014. It repeals the Copyright Act 1997.

The main objectives of the Act are to make the Mauritius copyright law comply with the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); to prohibit the circumvention of effective technological protection measures for the protection of works; to broaden the definition of "copyright" to include moral rights, folklore and traditional cultural expressions; to extend the scope of protection for copyright and related rights; to create the Management Rights Society (Society), which replaces the existing Mauritius Society of Authors (MASA), and to provide limitations and exceptions for visually impaired persons.