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Copyright Law (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/41 of 2 Rajab, 1424 (August 30th,2003))

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Year of current version:2003
Date of entry into force of original text:March 14, 2004
Date of Text (Enacted):August 30, 2003
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Copyright and Related Rights (Neighboring Rights), Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, IP Regulatory Body, Traditional Cultural Expressions, Traditional Knowledge (TK)
Notes:
The Copyright Law (“the Law”) contains 7 chapters and 28 articles, covering matters relating to general definitions referred to in the Law (Article 1), protected works including original works and derivative works (Chapter One, Articles 2-4), ownership of copyright works including single or collective works and works of folklore (Chapter Two, Articles 5-7), rights protected including moral rights and economic rights, (Chapter Three, Articles 8-14), lawful uses of copyright works (Chapter Four, Articles 15-17); scope and duration of copyright protection (Chapter Five, Articles 18-20), copyright infringement and penalties (Chapter Six, Articles 21-15), and general provisions on the implementing regulations and validity of the Law, and the repealed Copyright Law 1989 (Chapter Seven, Articles 26-28).
Article 28 of the Law states that it shall be effective after six months from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

The Law was published in the Official Gazette (Umm al-Qura) No. 3959 of 22/7/1424 (September 19, 2003), and came into force six months from this date.
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Arabic

نظام حماية حقوق المؤلف (الصادر بموجب المرسوم الملكي رقم م/41 المؤرخ 2 رجب 1424 الموافق 30 أغسطس 2003) نظام حماية حقوق المؤلف (الصادر بموجب المرسوم الملكي رقم م/41 المؤرخ 2 رجب 1424 الموافق 30 أغسطس 2003), Complete document (pdf) [132 KB]

English

Copyright Law (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/41 of 2 Rajab, 1424 (August 30th,2003)) Copyright Law (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/41 of 2 Rajab, 1424 (August 30th,2003)), Complete document (pdf) [92 KB] Copyright Law (promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/41 of 2 Rajab, 1424 (August 30th,2003)), Complete document (htm) [72 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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