– Copyright Act (Act No. 40 of June 15, 2018) Relating to Copyright in Literary, Scientific and Artistic Works, in force since July 1, 2018.

Membership in International Conventions

– Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
– Universal Copyright Convention.
– Phonograms Convention.
– Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations.
– WTO's TRIPS Agreement, since January 1, 1995.


Registration is not possible and there is no official copyright register. Copyright protection is automatic and free from the moment a work is created. The work must have been based on individual effort and have "creative merits". However, a copyright proprietor should always mark a work by © Name of Creator or Proprietor (an Assignee upon agreement with the Creator) and year of creation, e.g. © John Smith 2019 or © ArtWork Ltd 2019.  Duration: during the lifetime of the author, plus 70 years after his death. For right to sonic recording (music, songs etc.) the protection period has been extended from 50 to 70 years, after the year the recording was released or otherwise made publically available. For neighboring rights the protection period is in general 50 years.


Authority name: Norwegian Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Department of Media and Copyright.  Internet address: www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/kud/id545  Collective Management Organizations: BONO (www.bono.no), TONO (www.tono.no), GRAMO (www.gramo.no), Kopinor (www.kopinor.no), Norwaco (https://norwaco.no).