Intellectual Property Rights Law in Dominican Republic
Law 65-00 of August 21, 2000, regulates copyrights and other related rights in the Dominican Republic.
In this order, copyrights in our country are composed of literary and artistic works, the literary or artistic form of scientific works, as it is established in article 1 of the referred Law.
Copyright Law is considered a right which is born with the creation of the work and therefore the registration of said right before the National Office of Copyright (ONDA), is used for publication purposes and for better legal grounds, but its omission does not imply any damage on the exercise or enjoyment of such copyright.
With regards to the registration of copyright, the necessary documents are the following:
- Affidavit from the author, duly notarized and legalized;
- Power of Attorney, duly notarized and legalized before the Dominican Consulate of the corresponding jurisdiction;
- Assignment document duly legalized (if applicable);
- Application from the National Office of Copyright;
- Documents of the design to be registered, description and drawings.
The legal fees for Copyright Registration are for a flat fee of US$400 and legal costs are approximately US$60 (including legalization before the State Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
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