Copyright legislation has been introduced in Panama in order to bring the country into compliance with the terms of its trade agreement with the United States.  Bill no. 510 “On Author’s Rights and Neighboring Rights” (Sobre Derechos e Autor y Derchos Conexos) was introduced to the Congress on August 23. The executive has asked for it to be ratified by October.   The legislation lengthens the term of copyright protection from 50 to 70 years after the life of the author. It seems to expand the definition of “reproduction” to include temporary copies. It amends the criminal penalties section of the existing law.

Full Text of the Legislation: Bill no 510

Draft overview, by Lina Diaz (work in progress)