INFORMATION BRIEF

General Information on Copyright

COUNTRY EFFECTIVE LAW DURATION IN GENERAL MEMBER OF BERNE CONVENTION TRIPS (WTO) REGISTRATION FILING REQUIREMENTS REGISTRATION TIME FRAME
Algeria Law no. 03-05 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 50 years starting from the beginning of the calendar year following the author's date of death. Yes Observer Possible for nationals only.
Bahrain Law no. 22 of 2006 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 70 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, simply signed. 2. 1 copy of the work of art. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 4 to 6 weeks.
Egypt Law no. 82 of 2002 on the protection of Intellectual Property Rights. Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, legalized. 2. An original and 2 copies of the work of art. 3. Additional supporting material such as CDs, Video tapes, scenario and the play to be registered, and/or any other relevant material. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 3 to 5 working days.
Gaza There are no statutory laws on copyright and related rights in force in Gaza. No
Iran Iranian Copyright Law dated January 12, 1970 and Copyright Law for Software which only protects the software created in Iran. No Observer
Iraq Copyright Law No. 3 dated January 21, 1971 and its amendment Order No. 83. No Observer
Jordan Law No. 22 of 1992 on Copyright and its Amendments up to 2005. Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals and residents only. 3 copies of the work of art. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 1 to 2 working days.
Kuwait Law no. 64 of 1999 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. POA, legalized, 2. 2 copies of the work to be registered, 2 The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 40 days.
Lebanon Law no. 75 of 1999 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, simply signed. 2. 3 copies of the work of art. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 2 weeks.
Libya There are no statutory laws on copyright and related rights in force in Libya. Yes Observer
Morocco Law no. 2-00, amended and completed by Law no. 34-05 of 2006 Between 50 and 70 years as from date of creation of the artwork, depending on its nature. Yes Member No registration proceedings. Artworks are protected automatically starting from date of creation. Copyright registrations in any country member of the Berne Convention enjoy protection in Morocco.
Oman Law no. 65 of 2008 Author's life plus 70 years starting from the beginning of the calendar year following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, with an Apostille Certification. 2. 1 copy of the work of art.
Qatar Law no. 7 of 2002 Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, legalized. 2. Name of author(s). 3. Subject of the work. 4. 5 copies of the work. 5. Detailed specification of the work. 6. Written declaration of the ownership of the work. 7. Approval of the work by the competent department in the applicant's country. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 1 week.
Saudi Arabia Law no. M/41 of 2003 on the protection of Copyright. Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member No registration formalities available.
Sudan Law no. 54 of 1996 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author’s life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Yes Observer Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, simply signed. 2. Certified copy of corresponding home or foreign registration, legalized. 3. 2 copies of the work of art. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 1 month.
Syria Legislative Decree No. 62 dated 2013 Author's life plus 50 years following the author's date of death. Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, legalized. 2. 3 copies of the work of art.
Tunisia Law No. 2009-33 of June 23, 2009 amending and supplementing Law No. 94-36 of February 24, 1994 on literary and artistic property. Author's life plus the remainder of the year of his death and 50 years as from January first, of the year following that of his death. Yes Member 1. Power of attorney, simply signed. 2. 1 copy of the work of art.
Turkey Law no. 5846 of 1951 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 70 years following the author's date of death. Yes Member
United Arab Emirates Law no. 7 of 2002 on the protection of Copyright and Related Rights. Author's life plus 50 years starting from the beginning of the calendar year following the author's date of death. Yes Member Possible for nationals as well as foreigners. 1. Power of attorney, notarized up to the UAE Embassy. 2. 3 copies of the copyrighted material. 3. Brief description of the copyright. The approximate time frame for completing the registration process is 3 to 6 months.
West Bank There are no statutory laws on copyright and related rights in force in West Bank. No
Yemen Law no. 19 of 1994 on the protection of Intellectual Property Rights. Author's life. No Observer Possible for nationals as well as foreigners.