Copyright Registration

Copyrights in The UAE are protected by Federal Law No. 7 of the year 2002 concerning copyrights and neighboring rights which was amended by the Federal law 32 of the year 2006. The Federal Law covers all the seven Emirates of the UAE, that is, Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al-Quwain. This implies that any copyright registered in any emirate in the UAE provides protection in all Emirates.

Additionally, the UAE is a member of Berne Convention for the protection of literacy and artistic works, Rome Convention, WIPO Convention, WIPO Copyright Treaty, WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, and TRIPS Agreement.

Copyright-able works have to be deposited with the Copyright Department at the Ministry of Economy. Registration is possible for nationals and foreigners.

What can be protected via Copyright?

1- Books, pamphlets, essays and other written works.

2- Music compositions with or without words.

3- Lectures, addresses, sermons, and other works of similar nature.

4- Dramatic, dramatic-musical works and dumb-shows.

5- Computer programs and applications, databases, and works analogous to them as defined by a Minister’s decision

6- Sound and audiovisual works.

7- Photographic works and works analogous to photography.

8- Works of drawing, painting, sculpture, lithography (fabric, metal, stones, wood), and engrave or similar works in the scope of fine arts.

9- Architectural works, engineering plans, and layouts.

10- Works of applied and plastic art.

11- Illustrations, geographical maps, sketches, three-dimensional works relative to geography, topography, and architectural designs, etc

A registered Copyright lasts for 50 years and not less than 50 years after the author’s death.

Copyright Requirements 

1- Power of Attorney duly notarized

2- Three copies of the copyrightable work.

3- Title with summary description of the work.

To get your Copyright registered in the UAE, don’t hesitate to contact our expert Intellectual Property Professionals. We are just a dial away.

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