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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

Filing Requirements

Power of attorney, legalized

Copy of the work of art


The life of the author plus an additional 50 years

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