Use of Work of Art in Advertising in Russia

In which cases can a work of art be freely used in advertising?

According to Russian Legislation on Intellectual property, a work of art is protected during the author’s life plus 70 years calculated from the beginning of the year following the author’s death. After that, the work passes into the public domain and can be freely copied, reproduced and used, including in advertising.

At the same time, it is important to mention another limitation that is set outside intellectual property legislation. According to the Federal Law “On the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation and museums in the Russian Federation”, the use of works of art that make part of a Russian museum's collection requires the Museum’s permission (regardless of their being in the public domain).


  1. The information provided on this site, to the best of our knowledge, is correct as of the date of publication. Sojuzpatent periodically changes and updates it. However, this information is general in nature and may not be applicable to specific circumstances. Furthermore, future changes to legislation and interpretations may affect this information.
  2. Nothing on this website constitutes legal or other professional advice. We shall not be liable for any damage arising from the use of this site or any material contained in it.
  3. Please note that you must obtain Sojuzpatent’s approval before uploading on the website or sending by email any information that you deem confidential. Receipt of unsolicited confidential information shall not disqualify Sojuzpatent from representing any other party in any matter.