The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched the Emirates Reprographic Rights Management Association (ERRA). The founding of the ERRA, a first-of-its-kind association in the region, comes in light of the UAE’s vision to promote creativity, protect the copyrights of content creators, and safeguard the rights of authors and publishers through appropriate laws and legislations.
By way of background, reprographic or reproduction rights organizations manage copyright protection of content through voluntary private agreements or through legal licensing system created by local law. In the UAE, the ERRA will be monitoring the re-use of print and digital works in educational institutes, copy and print centers, as well as public libraries.
The creation of such a reprographic rights organization as ERRA are indicative of the UAE’s commitment to promoting, guiding, and executing legislation and laws that protect the intellectual property of publishers, author, and other creative workers.