Chile/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

Regarding the legislation on literature and libraries, please see the information in Chapters 3.2, 4.2.3, and 5.1.7.

Generally speaking, the most important legislation on reading and the publishing industry is Law No. 19,227 (Chilean National Congress, 1993a), which creates the National Books and Reading Council and the National Books and Reading Fund. This Law establishes that the publishing, printing and circulation of books shall be free of restrictions in Chile; and may only be prevented by a specific resolution.

On the other hand, the rules regarding Legal Deposit in Law No. 19,733 on the freedom of opinion, information and journalistic practices establish the obligation of all printers, film and video producers, recording companies and electronic publications, to send a certain number of copies to the National Library upon publishing (Chilean National Congress, 2001c).

Chapter published: 28-12-2013