In Cyprus, copyright is automatic and requires no registration. The Copyright Law 59/76 protects Cypriot nationals for their works which are published anywhere in the world and the nationals of foreign countries for their works which are published in Cyprus. Only the owners of a Copyright have the exclusive right to reproduce, translate and offer their works to the public. Anyone who infringes their rights is liable to the payment of damages and also to other penalties under the Law. Under the Copyright Law 59/76 as amended by Laws, L.63/77, L.18(I)/93, L.54(I)/99 L.12(I)/2001, L.128(I)/2002 and L.128(I)/2004 the following works are protected: (a) Scientific works, (b) Literary works, (c) Musical works, (d) Artistic works, (e) Cinematographic films, (f) Photographs, (g) Sound recordings, (h) Broadcasts
The Sections which nowadays constitute the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver were established in the beginning of the 20th century and used to be part of various government services such as the Customs and the Supreme Court. In 1946 they were united into the Department of the Official Receiver and Registrar of Trade Unions, Companies, Trade Marks and Patents. As from 1960 the Department comes under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
Cyprus is a member state of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).