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What politics of Copyright and Related Rights?

All information on the site were prepared according to the Law on Copyright and Common Rights of the Republic of Lithuania (referred to as ATGTĮ). No. XII-2708, 11/03/2016


What is the work of authorship ?

It is the original result of creation activities in the literary, scientific or artistic domain, whatever may be its artistic value, the mode or form of its expression. (Article 19 (2) of the law No. XII-2708).


What is ATTO?

ATTO is the subject matter of copyright which term of protection of economic rights is not expired. The subject matter of copyright shall include original literary, scientific and artistic works which are the result of creative activities of an author, whatever may be the objective form of their expression. (Article 4 (1) of the law No. XII-2708).


What is ANTO?

ANTO is the subject matter of copyright which term of protection of economic rights is expired. 


What is NTO?

NTO is a document that is not the subject matter of copyright.


What are the requirements for getting a copyright?

All literally or artistic creative works are under the copyright law. If the creator of the work is unknown, it is still protected by copyright laws.


Can I order a digital copy of a document that is under the copyright laws?

Digital copies of such documents may only be obtained with the consent of the copyright holder or related rights subject.


How to obtain an authorization or license granting the right to use a work or a copy of a related subject matter?

The licenses are granted by the associations, such as LATGA and AGATA. In order to obtain an authorization from the association LATGA, you need to find the work in the author's lists and fill out the request on the LATGA website. To obtain a license from the AGATA, you must contact the AGATA Music Licensing Officer. If these collective management associations of copyright and related rights do not administer the copyright of the author of the work or related rights, you must obtain the permission to use the copies directly from the copyright owner.


What is LATGA?

LATGA is a collective copyright management association that collectively administers rights of copyright holders in various fields, collects and distributes royalties for use of works, coordinates the activities of association members, ensures the widest possible use of works by Lithuanian and foreign authors, and prevents copyright infringement. Association LATGA administers the following art areas of copyright: music, visual arts, audiovisual art, drama, literature.


What is AGATA?

The organization, which cares for implementation of performers' rights in Lithuania, actively participates in cultural life and conducts public education activities in the field of intellectual property law. AGATA also guarantees in its own name licenses to all music users, collects salaries for performers and music publishers for the broadcast, retransmission and public release of their music recordings, and distributes them according to user reports.


Who is the copyright holder?

The copyright owner is an author, another natural or legal person, or a company that does not have the rights of a legal person, the copyrights of exclusive rights in the cases provided by this Law, as well as a natural or legal person or an undertaking that does not have the rights of a legal entity through which exclusive copyrights have been transferred, (Article 2 (2) of the law No. XII-2708).


Who is the subject of related rights?

An entity related to the rights not having the rights of a legal entity, having a person with exclusive rights, as well as a natural or legal person or an undertaking (assignee of related rights), did not have the rights of a legal person. (Article 2 (11) of the of the law No. XII-2708).


What are the terms of protection of copyright?

Author’s economic rights shall run for the life of the author and for 70 years after his death, irrespective of the date when the work is lawfully made available to the public. The protection of the author’s moral rights shall be of unlimited duration. (Article 34 of the of the law No. XII-2708).

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