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Copyright in France

You can find all the information of France about trademarks, patents, utility models, copyrights, registered designs, and all other IP rights.

There is no official register for copyright. It is an unregistered right (unlike patents, registered designs or trade marks). So, there is no official action to take, (no application to make, forms to fill in or fees to pay).


Copyright comes into effect immediately, as soon as something that can be protected is created and "fixed" in some way, eg on paper, on film, via sound recording, as an electronic record on the internet, etc.


However, in the event of litization, it is necessary to be able to bring a proof of the existence of work to a given date. Every mean to proove date of publication is acceptable : enveloppe soleau, letter with acknowledgement of receipt adressed to yourself, publication in a newspaper. You can also have your creation registered by specialized companies : SACEM (music), ADAGP (graphic art), SACD (drama compositor), SCAM (multimedia autors), CSDEM (music edition), SAIF(pictures)...