Myanmar enacts new copyright law to replace Myanmar Copyright Act 1914
On 24 May 2019, the Copyright Law (Law) was enacted as the fourth and last intellectual property law to protect literary and artistic works. Replacing the law that was enacted in 1914, the new Law now includes updated definitions of performance, broadcasting, and includes computer programs as a work of writing. The Law specifies that “foreign works” which are created by authors who are not Myanmar citizens nor residents are protected only if they are first published in Myanmar or published in Myanmar within 30 days after their publication abroad.
Commentary from Rajah & Tann NK Legal, a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia: The enactment of the Myanmar Copyright Law will attract foreign production companies and software companies seeking to enter Myanmar but have not done so in the past due to the country’s lack of a modern Copyright Law. As a member of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Intellectual Property Cooperation, Myanmar will recognize the foreign copyrights of another member state in Myanmar.