Legal basis

Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Protection Act No. 54 of 1996

International Conventions

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works; Paris Copyright Convention

Works Protectable

Literary, artistic and Scientific

Validity of Registration

Author life time plus 25 years following his death.

Neighboring Rights


Computer softwares/databases


Works not Protectable

Official documents, ideas, plans of actions, mathematical concepts, reports of news of incidents and events, works falling in public domain.

Author’s Rights

To decide to publish, to claim authorship, to object to distorting and prejudicing amendments, to withdraw from circulation, to expedite, to license to exploit, to transfer etc.

Collective Management


Time Span for registration

3 -6 months

Appellate authority (administrate)

Intellectual Property Court

Appellate authority (judicial)

Intellectual Property Court

Enforcement of Copyright rights

  • Registered Copyright



  • No



Intellectual Property Court


  • Intellectual Property Court


  • Unregistered Copyright



Intellectual Property Court


  • Intellectual Property Court


Legal System

Common Law





Filing an application (for one copyright)

10.00 150.00 160.00

Obtaining registration certificate of copyright

0.00 150.00 150.00
Expenses and Disbursements 0.00 50.00 50.00



10.00 350.00 360.00

Required Documents

  • A Power of Attorney, legalized up to the Sudan Consulate in the applicant’s country.
  • Full name and address and nationality of the applicant/applicants.
  • Three (3) original copies of the work.
  • Detailed description of the work.
  • Main objective of the work.
  • Identification documents for the applicant.
Q1) What is the legal base of protection of copyrights in Sudan?
A1) Copyright and Neighboring Rights Protection Act No. 54 of 1996
Q2) What works of authorship are protected by copyright law in Sudan?
a- books, booklets and other written matters.
b- works given verbally as lectures, speeches and sermons
c- dramatic plays and musical plays
d- musical works whether accompanied by words or not
e- the works of designing eurythmics and pantomime
f- photography works
g- cinema, television and broadcasting work, and creative audio visual works, and computer programs
h- works of applied arts whether handicraft or industrial
j- works of drawing and painting with lines or colors, architecture, sculpture, decorative arts engraving,
designs, geographical and topographical plans designs, and relief maps
k- encyclopedias, sundries and selections which form, in respect of selecting, arranging and editing
their material, intellectual creative works.
Q3) What is the duration of protection of a copyright in Sudan?
A3) Life time of the author, plus 25 years after his death.
Q4) Are neighboring rights protected?
A4) Yes.
Q5) Does your law provide for collective management of copyrights and neighboring rights?
A5) Yes
Q6) Are criminal and civil proceedings available for protecting copyrights and neighboring rights against infringements?
A6) Yes
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