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Country Summary for VENEZUELA

I.  Relevant Legislation
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II.  Regulated Cultural Property

Definitions


“Cultural Property of the Republic”
The Cultural Property of the Republic, in so far as this law is concerned, are made up of goods declared to be of cultural interest which are in the national territory or which belong to this territory, independently of its owner, in accordance with the following criteria:
1. Movable or immovable goods that have been or are declared to be national monuments…
3. Movable goods of historical or artistic value that belong to the State or other public legal entities;
4. Movable goods of any period that are worth preserving due to their exceptional historic or artistic value…
8. The documental and bibliographical property, archives, libraries, phototheques, videotheques, cinematheques;
9. Objects and documents of singular importance in national history, cultural transcendent creations…
11. Monumental estuaries and art works in cemeteries…
14. Any other good of cultural interest that is worthy of being declared as such.
(Law No. 4.623 of 1993, Art. 6)

“Objects, collections and other tangible property created by individuals”
These are property items produced by an individual creator that, tangible as they are, have a determined historic valuation as well as esthetic or symbolic value… (Administrative Decision No. 012/05 of 2005, Art. 17)
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Registry

The National Cultural Property Registry will be maintained by the Institute of Cultural Property. (Administrative Decision No. 012/05 of 2005, Art. 3)

Cultural expressions will be registered in the National Cultural Property Registry, in accordance with the following categories…
a. Historic centers encompassed within a determined perimeter wall…
e. Ruins and sites whether archaeological, paleontological, historic, commemorative or associated with rituals.
f. Underwater sites.
g. Objects, collections and other tangible property created by individuals. (Administrative Decision No. 012/05 of 2005, Art. 8)
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III.  Export Restrictions
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IV.  Ownership Rights and Restrictions
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V.  Violations, Penalties and Sanctions
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VI.  International Conventions and Bilateral Agreements
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Country Contact
for Cultural Property
José Manuel Rodriguez President, Institute of Cultural Property
Villa Santa Inés Avenida principal de Caño Amarillo Apartado Postal 6698, Z.P. 1010 Parroquia Catedral Caracas, Venezuela ipc@ipc.gob.ve
www.ipc.gob.ve
+58 (212) 482 5337 Ext. 6295
+58 (212) 482 9695