It is now possible to file copyright applications in Bahrain following the issuance of the regulations implementing the law governing copyright protection in the country (Law no. 22 of 2006). By way of background, Law no. 22 of 2006 was issued back on June 25, 2006. The law came into force in the country upon its publication in the local Gazette (June 29, 2006) but the authorities have refrained from accepting any copyright applications pending the issuance of the implementing regulations.

Law no. 22 of 2006 provides protection for copyrights including books, pamphlets and other writings, lectures, sermons, theatrical works, musical works, musical compositions, cinematographic works, works of drawing, painting, architecture, sculpture, engraving, photographic works, works of applied art, illustrations, maps, plans, sketches and three-dimensional works as well as computer programs. The law also provides protection for neighboring rights including works of performers, producers of sound recordings and broadcasting organizations.

According to the provisions of Law no. 22 of 2006, authors, performers, and producers of phonograms have the right to authorize or prohibit all reproductions of their works, performances, and phonograms, in any manner or form, permanent or temporary. Also, penalties for copyright infringement, including payment of fines and imprisonment, are imposed.

Copyright Protection Framework in Bahrain

Member of Berne Convention
Possible for nationals as well as foreigners.
Filing Requirements
1. Power of attorney, simply signed.
2. 1 copy of the work of art.
Registration Time Frame

The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 4 to 6 weeks.
Duration in general is the author’s life plus 70 years following the author’s date of death.

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