Protection of copyright and related rights

Copyright refers to all the rights granted to creators for their literary or artistic works upon creation.

Authors of works do not need to carry out any registration formalities.

They simply must be able to prove the date of creation of their work.

Who is concerned

All creators of works are automatically protected by copyright.


To be protected by copyright, the work (any work of literary, scientific or artistic nature, including computer programmes and databases) must:

  • have sufficient original character;

  • have taken concrete shape (which excludes ideas or concepts).

How to proceed

Automatic protection of the work

No formal registration is required to obtain protection by copyright. Copyright starts with the simple creation of the work. Creators thereby automatically gain rights over their works allowing them to control their subsequent use by third parties.

The protection is valid throughout the creator's life plus another 70 years from his death, thereby benefitting his heirs and beneficiaries. The holder of the rights may choose to transfer all or a part of this rights, for example by granting a license to use his work.

Proof of the date of creation

Proof of the date of creation of the work may be provided by any means necessary, especially:

  • an i-dépôt (either directly online by payment of a EUR 35 fee or by i-dépôt envelope) submitted to the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property is a reliable tool to prove the date of the creation of a work in all the Benelux countries for 5 years;

  • by leaving a copy of the work with a recognised agent, i.e. a bank or a notary, in order to have the time and date of deposit of the work registered;

  • by sending the work to oneself by post, leaving the envelope unopened upon receipt. The postal date stamp on the envelope is valid proof for the time of creation of the work.

Further information is available on The Luxembourg Portal for Innovation and Research under Copyright (Droits d'auteur).

Forms / Online services


To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Online procedure

Go to the procedure

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Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 15, boulevard du Jazz L-4370 Belvaux.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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