Copyright Registration - Argentina

A Look at Copyright Law in Argentina

Argentina, a country of vibrant culture and rich heritage, has a legal framework in place to protect the intellectual property rights of its creators. Here's an overview of Argentine copyright law.

Copyright Registration

Argentina does have a centralized copyright agency, the National Copyright Directorate (DNDA). This agency is responsible for registering copyrighted works, promoting copyright awareness, and providing a platform for disputes.

Copyright registration in Argentina is voluntary. This means that copyright protection is automatic upon the creation of a work and registration is not required to gain protection. Nonetheless, registering a work can offer additional benefits. It provides a public record of the copyright claim and can serve as evidence in potential legal disputes.


A copyright notice is not required in Argentina. However, including a copyright notice can deter copyright infringement and inform the public about the copyright status of the work.

There's also no requirement for copyright deposit in Argentina. Since the system of copyright registration is voluntary, there are no legal consequences for failing to register a copyrighted work.


The relevant legislation for copyright in Argentina is the Argentine Copyright Law No. 11.723, and its amendments. It is enforced by the Argentine legal system, which handles copyright infringement cases.

Yes, the law addresses the digital exploitation of works. It has provisions that protect digital media and content from copyright infringement.

While Argentine copyright laws do not generally apply outside the country, international agreements provide protection for Argentine works abroad and vice versa.


The author of a copyrighted work is typically the initial owner of the copyright in Argentina. An employer may own a copyrighted work made by an employee under specific circumstances, mainly if it's part of the employee's job duties.

The rights to a work created by an independent contractor are subject to the terms of the contract.

Co-ownership of a work is possible if the work is created by more than one person.

Copyrighted rights can be transferred or licensed under Argentine law. These transactions, however, need to be in writing.

International Aspects

Argentina is a party to several international copyright conventions, including the Berne Convention and the TRIPS Agreement. This means that Argentina is obliged to provide protection to works from other member states that is equivalent to that granted to its own nationals.


Recent trends in Argentine copyright law include a growing awareness of digital rights and the challenges of online piracy. Efforts are being made to strengthen the protection of digital works and combat online infringement, reflecting the global trend of adapting copyright laws to the realities of the digital age.

In conclusion, Argentina's copyright law offers strong protection for creators, fostering a conducive environment for creativity and innovation. Its commitment to international copyright conventions and responsiveness to digital challenges make it a robust system in the world of intellectual property.

(Please note: This article is intended as a general guide and is not legal advice. For specific advice, consult with a qualified legal professional.)