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How to Register Copyrights in Uganda

Registration of copyrights and neighbouring rights in Uganda is governed by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act 2010 and the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Regulations 2010.
The registration is done by the Registrar of Copyrights who is located at Georgian House in Kampala at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau.

Highlights of the 6-step process for registration of Copyrights and Neighbouring Rights:

  • The applicant shall fill Form 1 specified in the 2nd schedule of the Regulations. Form 1 shall be accompanied by a deposit consisting of copies or records representing the work for which registration is applied. The work may be published or unpublished.
  • The applicant is required to pay a non-refundable fee of about 15 US Dollars for each application.
  • Upon receipt of the application, the Registrar shall cause the application to be published in the gazette specified in Form 2 of the 2nd schedule. About 60 US Dollars is charged for gazetting the application.
  • Where after 60 days from the date of publication of the application in the gazette, there is no objection lodged against the registration, and the Registrar is satisfied that all the necessary information has been provided by the applicant, the Registrar shall enter the name of the applicant in the register as the author or owner of the copyright or neighbouring right.
  • Upon registration, the applicant shall be issued with a certificate of registration as proof of registration.
  • The form of the certificate of registration is specified in Form 3 of the 2nd schedule to these Regulations.

Some of the timelines may vary significantly hence the need for a service provider conversant with the process. At BrandGuard we provide such expertise with ease.
Davis Ngonde
LLB, Dip.LP.LDC


Last modified on Friday, 16 September 2016 13:06
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