General information about the reproduction of banknotes:
The design of Norwegian banknotes and coins is subject to copyright protection pursuant to Act No. 2 of 12 May 1961 relating to Copyright in Literary, Scientific and Artistic Works, etc. (Copyright Act). The guidelines are designed to promote compliance with the law in this area. Without the prior consent of the originator, any form of modification in design will in principle be in conflict with the law.
The copyright is owned partly by Norges Bank and partly by the artist. The artist transfers the right to use the design (motif) to Norges Bank for the central bank’s ordinary use of the banknote or coin design. The residual copyright, i.e. the right to use the work of art (motif) in another context, is retained by the artist. The copyright expires 70 years after the artist’s death.
The right to modify or use the entire banknote or coin design, or a part thereof, in a context other than ordinary use by the central bank requires prior consent by the owner of the copyright. The Norwegian Visual Artists Copyright Society (BONO) handles copyright matters on behalf of visual artists.
The guidelines for the reproduction of Norwegian banknote and coin designs shall contribute to ensuring that:
- reproductions are not confused with genuine banknotes and coins;
- the originator is protected.
The guidelines apply whether the entire banknote or coin design is reproduced or just a part thereof, irrespective of purpose or method.
The guidelines do not apply to Norges Bank’s information and communication activities.