Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Western Sahara
Western Sahara is a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North and West Africa, partially controlled by the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and partially controlled by Morocco.
The modern territory of Western Sahara was occupied and ruled by Spain as the Spanish Sahara between 1884 and 1975. Under the Madrid Treaty of 1975 Spain ceded the Spanish Sahara to Morocco, a move that was encouraged by the United States. Since then, the United States has been neutral over Morocco's claim to the territory.
The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) was proclaimed by the Polisario Front on 27 February 1976. The SADR government controls a strip of land in the east of the country, separated by a berm from the larger area to the west that is controlled by Morocco, which claims it as its Southern Provinces. The Sahrawi Republic maintains diplomatic relations with 40 states of the United Nations and is a full member of the African Union.
Neither Western Sahara nor the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic appear in the list of countries with which the United States has copyright relations. The de facto position would appear to be that Moroccan copyright law applies to works from Western Sahara, or at least to works created west of the berm.
- Abdel-Rahim Al-Manar Slimi (17 June 2009). The United States, Morocco and the Western Sahara Dispute. Carnegie Endowment. Retrieved on 2019-03-11.
- Circular 38a: International Copyright Relations 11. United States Copyright Office of the United States (2019). Retrieved on 2019-01-13.