Why one must copyright their work in the UAE?

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Why one must copyright their work in the UAE?

The legal framework of copyright is crucial as it safeguards the rights of creators and ensures that their intellectual property is not misused or exploited without their consent or proper compensation. The UAE has recognized the significance of copyright law and has established a comprehensive legal system to protect the creators' rights in the country. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why copyrighting one's work is essential in the UAE.

The UAE Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and Related Rights mandates copyright registration. Copyright protection is granted automatically to original works of authorship, such as literary, artistic, and scientific works. Nevertheless, to be fully protected by the law, the work must be registered with the UAE Copyright Office. Registering a work provides evidence of ownership, which is crucial in the event of any conflicts or infringement cases.

The UAE's copyright registration system offers legal defense against infringement. It might be difficult to establish ownership and defend against infringement in the absence of copyright registration. Whenever someone violates a copyright owner's rights, they can file a lawsuit by registering their rights. Copyright infringement is a crime in the UAE, and there are harsh punishments available.

Copyright registration aids artists in monetizing their creations. Owners of copyrights have the sole authority to make copies, sell their creations, and distribute them. Creators can readily license their work to others for use, distribution, and sale by registering their copyright. .

The UAE is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Registering their copyrights will allows people to protect their works on a global scale. Its membership demonstrates that the copyright protection provided by the UAE is respected in more than 170 nations around the world.

For creators in the UAE who want to protect their intellectual property, profit from their work, and take legal action against infringement, copyright registration is essential. Registration of a copyright offers legal protection, ownership documentation, and acknowledgment on a global scale. Consulting a experienced intellectual property lawyer before initiating the process will help you understand the rules and regulations, thus streamlining the process.

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