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Saudi Arabia: Copycats Beware, Copyright Protection is in Town

January 7, 2020

In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property announced the launch of the online optional registration service for copyrights in Saudi Arabia.

This comes after the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law entered into force on December 23, 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

Yes

Registration

Possible for nationals as well as foreigners

Filing Requirements

  1. Power of attorney, legalized
  2. Copy of the work of art

Duration

The life of the author plus an additional 50 years

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