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Saudi Arabia: Copycats Beware, Copyright Protection Is In Town
February 16, 2022
In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) announced the launch of the online optional registration service for copyrights in Saudi Arabia.
By way of background, the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law entered into force in December 2019, which confirm the present procedures in Saudi Arabia. As such, the Law grants authors and artists the exclusive right to make and sell copies of their works, the right to create derivative works, and the right to perform or display their works publicly.
It is worth noting that copyright protection in Saudi Arabia extends to computer software and architectural works (e.g., buildings themselves as well as blueprints, drawings, diagrams, and models).
Copyright Protection Framework in Saudi Arabia
Member of Berne Convention and TRIPS Agreement
Possible for nationals as well as foreigners
Power of attorney, legalized
Copy of the work of art
The life of the author plus an additional 50 years
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