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Rwanda - Register a Copyright

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Apply by Email

  1. Visit Rwanda Development Board (RDB) office in your location to obtain the application form for Copyright registration and prepare all required supporting documents
  2. Write an application letter addressed to the register general of the RDB requesting the registration of your copyright
  3. Scan all the required documents and submit your application via email to the RBD Intellectual Property division through this email address: [email protected]
  4. Once your application has be received by the RDB, you will receive a journal receipt notice in your email account confirming the application
  5. The Intellectual Property (IP) unit will verify your application and if it is correct they will forward it to the responsible office for processing
  6. The registration officer will inform you by telephone and or email when the registration certificate will be ready.
  7. Visit the RDB office ,IP unit to collect your certificate by submitting the journal receipt notice and your identification documents or send a legal representative with a notarised power of attorney pick it for you


Required Documents[edit]

  • Application letter
  • Copyright application form
  • Work to be protected
  • Summary of the work to be protected
  • Journal receipt notice
  • Prove of identity

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

KG 220 St, Kigali P.O Box 6239
Tel: 1415 / +250 727 775 170
Email: [email protected][email protected]


  • All original works written by authors are eligible for registration


  • Free of charge


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Sample Documents[edit]

Processing Time[edit]

  • Between 6 and 16 days

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications.
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type='website'>video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the '&' inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver,
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url '' Video ID is 'Y0US7oR_t3M'.


  • A copyright is a set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work. These rights can be licensed, transferred or assigned however the work of the other must be original

Required Information[edit]

  • Names
  • Contact details
  • Type of work to be protected
  • Date and signature

Need for the Document[edit]

  • This document proves that your work is protected and belongs to you hence it cannot be used by other parties without your consent

Information which might help[edit]

Enter other information which might help

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]


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