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Qatar Copyright Law

what you need to know

MEMBER OF BERNE CONVENTION
Yes
REGISTRATION
Possible for nationals and foreigners
REGISTRATION TIME FRAME
The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is one week
DURATION
In general, the duration is the artist’s life with the addition of 50 years following the artist’s date of passing
WORKS PROTECTED
Books, pamphlets and other writings; Works delivered orally such as lectures, addresses, sermons or similar works such as poems and hymns; Dramatic and dramatico-musical works; Musical works, whether or not they include accompanying words; Choreographic works and pantomimes; Audiovisual works; photographic and similar works; Works of applied art, whether handicraft or produced on an industrial scale; Works of drawing and painting with lines and colors, architecture, sculpture, decorated arts, engravings, sketches, designs and three-dimensional geographic or topographic works; Computer programs
LIMITATIONS ON PROTECTIONS
Laws, legal provisions, administrative decisions, international treaties, official documents or any official translation thereof; Daily news and other news of mere informatory nature; Ideas, procedures, operational methods, mathematical concepts, principles, and mere data
PENALTIES
Penalties include payment of fines of up to 100,000 Riyals (around 27,500 US Dollars), as well as legal prosecution resulting in a maximum of 1-year imprisonment terms

Requirements

Filing Requirements
• POA, legalized
• Name of author(s)
• Subject of the work
• 5 copies of the work
• Detailed specification of the work
• Written declaration of the ownership of the work
• Approval of the work by the competent department in the applicant’s country
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