Copyright law in Bolivia

Get your own copies

The Happy Hermit

Bolivia must have negotiated the best intellectual property treaties of any country in the world (only Iran comes close, but they are not a party to the Berne Convention). Respect to the hot-shot lawyers who did that!

In Bolivia, you can get any movie on DVD on the same day it is released in cinemas worldwide. Sometimes even before the release date!

The distribution occurs in a decentralized manner, through small vendors who carry boxes of DVDs to street corners or who sell the films out of the trunk of their car. Amazing how Bolivia could negotiate the right for its small businesses to take over the distribution, when the big Hollywood studies usually want to control everything.


Each DVD costs around one dollar per film. Compare that with movie tickets or the prices on Amazon, and it’s another miraculous deal negotiated by Bolivia.

On top of that, the service is impeccable…

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