Panama: Tough New Copyright Law

The 510 bill, already approved on its first reading in the Assembly of Panama, allows ex-officio actions and imposes heavy fines for those who violate copyright.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The bill responds to provisions of the trade agreement with the United States, whose implementation requires adapting various Panamanian regulations, including those relating to copyright.

An important feature of the new standard is that it gives large economic incentives to the General Department of Copyright (DGDA in Spanish), the government agency in charge of the subject, to prosecute and punish offenders, as the proceeds from fines applyied by the DGDA will be given over to this agency, which may award salaries increases of up to 50% to its agents.

Fines applied by the DGDA do not prevent interested parties in starting corresponding civil actions, if they believe their rights have been affected.



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