Copyright Exceptions in the Arab World


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Comparison between the following exceptions in the Arab World: (1) compulsory translation licenses, (2) private copying, (3) performance by nonprofit, (4) reproduction of articles by the media, and (5) communication to the public works permanently displayed in public.

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Copyright Exceptions in the Arab World

  1. 1. COPYRIGHT EXCEPTIONS IN THE ARAB WORLD ` Saturday, August 24, 13
  2. 2. The Arab World Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. “CHEAT SHEET” BY PRAWNPIE HTTP://BIT.LY/13XL9WC CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 HTTP://BIT.LY/47TBGF Saturday, August 24, 13
  3. 3. - Compulsory translation license - Copying for a private use - Performance by a nonprofit - Reproducing full articles by the media - Communicating to the public a work permanently displayed in public Saturday, August 24, 13
  4. 4. Compulsory translation license YES NO 11 7 Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Sudan, Syria Saturday, August 24, 13
  5. 5. Jordan Any Jordanian citizen has the right to obtain a non- restricted and non-assigned to others permit by the minister or whomever he delegates , to translate any foreign product published in a printed or any other form to the Arabic language, and to publish this translation in a printed and any other similar form, three years after the date of the publication of this product, and provided that a translation thereof was not published in Jordan by the owner of the right to translate or with his consent, or in the event of the exhaustion of the translated copies. Saturday, August 24, 13
  6. 6. Egypt The protection of an author’s copyright and the translation rights of his work into another language shall lapse with regards to the translation of that work into the Arabic language, unless the author or the translator himself exercises this right directly or through a third party within three years of the date of first publication of the original or translated work. Saturday, August 24, 13
  7. 7. Copying for a private use YES NO 17 1 Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen Oman Saturday, August 24, 13
  8. 8. Libya The author may not prevent a person making one copy of a published work for his own use. Saturday, August 24, 13
  9. 9. Morocco Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 10 above, and subject to those in the second paragraph of this Article, it shall be permitted, without the authorization of the author or payment of a fee, to reproduce a lawfully published work solely for the private use of the user. The provisions of the previous paragraph shall not apply to: (a) the reproduction of architectural works in the form of buildings or other similar constructions; (b) the reprographic reproduction of a whole book or a musical work in graphical form (scores); (c) the reproduction of the whole or parts of databases in digital form; (d) the reproduction of computer programs apart from in the cases specified in Article 21 below; (e) any other reproduction of a work which appears to hamper the normal use of the work or would unjustifiably prejudice the author’s legitimate interests. Saturday, August 24, 13
  10. 10. Performance by a nonprofit Saturday, August 24, 13
  11. 11. Oman Public performance of a dramatic, musical or dramatic musical, choreographic, pantomime works or any other work, created for dramatic performance, if: (a) Religious ceremonies to the extent justified by the nature of these celebrations. (b) Purposes of face-to-face learning activities in approved non-profit educational institutions, in classrooms or similar places dedicated to education. In both cases, it is provided not to obtain, directly or indirectly, any financial gain. Saturday, August 24, 13
  12. 12. Sudan Musical bands belonging to the People’s Armed Forces, the Police, the People’s Local Government Councils and school theatres may play, act perform or exhibit any work after the publication thereof, provided that no money consideration shall be made therefrom. Saturday, August 24, 13
  13. 13. Reproducing articles by the media YES NO 13 5 Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Algeria, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi, UAE, Yemen Oman, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt. Saturday, August 24, 13
  14. 14. Morocco It shall be permitted, without the author’s authorization or payment of a fee, but subject to the obligation to indicate the source and author’s name, where this name appears in the source, to [...] reproduce in the press, broadcast or communicate to the public an economic, political or religious article published in journals or periodical collections of the same nature, provided that the right of reproduction, broadcasting or public communication is not expressly reserved; Saturday, August 24, 13
  15. 15. Oman Reproduction, broadcasting, or making available to the public by the press of portions of articles published in newspapers or periodicals on current economic, political, or religious topics and of broadcast works of the same character, in cases in which the reproduction, broadcasting, or such communication thereof is not expressly reserved for the right owner at the time of publication. Saturday, August 24, 13
  16. 16. Communicating to the public works permanently displayed in public YES NO 9 9 Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Djibouti, UAE Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi, Yemen Saturday, August 24, 13
  17. 17. Djibouti The reproduction of works of art or of architecture through cinematography or television and the communication of such works to the public if such works are permanently located in a place where they can be viewed by the public or are included in the film or program by way of background or as incidental to the essential matters represented. Saturday, August 24, 13
  18. 18. Lebanon The media shall be permitted, without the authorization of the author and without obligation to pay him compensation, to publish pictures of architectural works, visual artistic works, photographic works or works of applied art, provided that such works are available in places open to the public. Saturday, August 24, 13
  19. 19. Morocco It shall be permitted, without the author’s authorization or payment of a fee, to republish, broadcast or communicate to the public by cable an image of a work of architecture, a work of fine art, a photographic work, or a work of applied art which is permanently located in a place open to the public, unless the image of the work is the main subject of such a reproduction, broadcast or communication and if it is used for commercial purposes. Saturday, August 24, 13
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