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Bolivia aims to modify the Copyright Law

By Orpan - 27/01/2021

The National Service of Intellectual Property (Senapi) of Bolivia aims to modify the Copyright Law of 1992 in order to reduce costs, protect rights and add incentives for Bolivian artists. Senapi authorities have recently been meeting with artists organizations and copyright and related rights organizations to discuss their needs and observations regarding the draft of the law.

“It is a very basic law that simply declares some rights that currently are not contemplated for authors, related especially to commercial and digital matters, the educational system, sociological studies and research,” said Francisco Bueno, Senapi's Director of Copyright and Related Rights.

Bolivia is part of the Berne Convention, adopted in 1886, which deals with the protection of works and the rights of their authors. It provides creators such as authors, musicians, poets, painters etc. with the means to control how their works are used, by whom, and on what terms. It is based on three basic principles and contains a series of provisions determining the minimum protection to be granted, as well as special provisions available to developing countries that want to make use of them. 

By Orpan - 27/01/2021
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals.