In an effort to encourage the creation of art and culture, the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property recently issued the Implementing Regulations of the Copyright Law. The Implementing Regulations will enter into force on December 23, 2019 and are expected to pave the way to a clearer copyright procurement process.

The Implementing Regulations 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. The Implementing Regulations also stipulate that copyright protection 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

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


The life of the author plus an additional 50 years

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